There have been countless occasions where Pakistani cricketers were involved in hilarious mix-ups or confusion on the field. It is because they lack proper communication in clutch moments, especially while taking a catch.
The cricket fans are well aware of the unforgettable moment that happened between Shoaib Malik and Saeed Ajmal. In an ODI match between Pakistan and West Indies, Chris Gayle tried to hit the ball for a boundary off Umar Gul’s bowling.
As it happened, Gayle didn’t time it well and the ball lacked enough elevation. Meanwhile, the likes of Saeed Ajmal and Shoaib Malik were positioned to take the catch. However, it was Saeed Ajmal who was pretty confident to take the catch.
But the end result was absolutely ridiculous as Saeed Ajmal didn’t take the catch in the first place thinking that Shoaib Malik would take it. This is by far the ridiculous moment in terms of dropping the catch. The incident is still being talked about even today.
Confusion between Shadab Khan and Sarfaraz Ahmed
During the third ODI between England and Pakistan, another interesting incident happened on the field. It would have been an absolute comedy of errors. However, in the end, Pakistan’s Shadab Khan ensured to take the catch in his safe pair of hands.
During England’s run-chase of 332, the hosts were aiming to complete a whitewash over Pakistan. Earlier, they won the first two ODIs and took a 2-0 lead in the series. After winning the series, England were aiming to make it 3-0.
On the same note, they got off to a good start. However, it was Jame Vince who played one heck of a knock. He scored a match-winning century. After his departure, Lewis Gregory took the responsibility and steered the team on the right path.
While southpaw Gregory was batting on 77 off 68 balls with the help of 6 fours and 3 sixes, he decided to play a shot off Haris Rauf’s bowling. But he mistimed it completely and the ball went straight up in the air, tempting wicket-keeper Sarfaraz Ahmed to take the catch.
Meanwhile, Shadab Khan came out of nowhere and comfortably took a catch in both hands. But for some reason, Sarfaraz Khan was not pleased. There was a hilarious banter that followed next after the catch. England chased down the target by 3 wickets and won the series by 3-0.
Taptaan bichara end main substitute fielder ke torr pe aya aur wahan pe bhi zaleel hogaya. Hate to see the end of #Sarfraz like this, a player like Shadab whom he had mentored is blaming him for leaving a catch in quite some fashion on an international stage 🤦🏻♂️ #ENGvsPAK #Shadab pic.twitter.com/URJki3MW0P
— Hashim Imran (@Hashue) July 14, 2021
Former Sri Lankan legendary wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara expressed his views about the catch incident involving Shadab Khan and Sarfaraz Ahmed. “Sarfaraz Ahmed had no interest in going for that catch, yet Shadab Khan was being told off by Sarfaraz for taking a catch that should have been taken by the wicket-keeper”