A batter tried to emulate David Warner’s two-bounced maximum in a cricket match but funnily ended up running himself out in the process.
A clip over social media is doing the rounds where a batter is seen trying to hit a bowler’s double-bounced delivery for a stroke, only to be dismissed run-out at the end.
The intent to hit the ball is the only similarity between Warner and this batter’s stroke as this person hilariously finds himself away from the playing arena to try and execute his stroke but misses it completely.
A batter’s failed attempt to emulate David Warner’s T20 World Cup hit
Firstly the context. During Australia’s T20 World Cup semi-final run-chase against Pakistan on Thursday (November 11), experienced left-hander David Warner hit opposition off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez for a six over deep mid-wicket after the ball had bounced twice on the surface.
The incident took place at the start of the 8th over in the Australian innings. A ball slipped out of Hafeez’s hands and bounced on the turf twice. Recognising that as an opportunity to get some easy runs off a would-be no-ball, Warner took a few steps to the left of the playing arena and hit the delivery for a gigantic six.
— Regan Hodge (@ReganHodge2) November 11, 2021
Since it was a no-ball, Australia not only got seven runs without a ball being counted but the following delivery was also a free-hit. While some made it a debatable ‘Spirit of Cricket’ matter, head coach Justin Langer lauded Warner for his game awareness and execution.
But a young batter in a completely different part of the world wasn’t so good with his execution of a double-bounce hit when a bowler lost control of a ball and looped it to the far right of the playing arena.
When this batter tried to play his stroke, he missed it and found himself near to the close-in fielder, who wasted no time in throwing the ball towards the wicketkeeper and the most insane run-out was completed.
Not sure if this will ever happen in cricket again 🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/jXXUfR5iJM
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) November 15, 2021
There was a time when the deliveries bouncing more than once on the surface or the side of the pitch were declared dead balls. But this rule was amended by the ICC.
As per law 21.7 pertinent to Ball bouncing more than once, rolling along the ground or pitching off the pitch:
The umpire shall call and signal No ball if a ball which he/she considers to have been delivered, without having previously touched bat or person of the striker,
– bounces more than once or rolls along the ground before it reaches the popping crease
– pitches wholly or partially off the pitch as defined in Law 6.1 (Area of pitch) before it reaches the line of the striker’s wicket. When a non-turf pitch is being used, this will apply to any ball that wholly or partially pitches off the artificial surface.
David Warner’s six also partly reflected the brute force behind his stroke and his encouraging return to form. After a disappointing IPL 2021, the left-hand batter produced a vintage T20 World Cup. He scored 289 runs, including two crucial innings in the knock-outs, while averaging 48.16 at a strike-rate of 146.70 for the tournament.