Pakistan’s wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan left Ravi Shastri and on-air commentators in stitches when he sought the opinion of the opposing batter before deciding to request a DRS review.
In the Pakistan vs. Bangladesh match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, a hilarious incident unfolded during the 43rd over of Bangladesh’s innings. Pakistan’s Shaheen Afridi bowled a delivery that grazed the leg of Bangladesh’s Taskin Ahmed, prompting a fervent appeal led by wicketkeeper Rizwan. However, the umpire remained unmoved, shaking his head.
This led to a comical turn of events as Pakistan’s captain, Babar Azam, turned to Rizwan to discuss using their sole remaining Decision Review System (DRS) opportunity. To make the call, Rizwan went a step further and asked Taskin Ahmed, the batter, whether he had made contact with the ball. “Bat laga ya pad? (Did it hit the bat or the pad)?” asked Rizwan.
Taskin, the batter, promptly responded to Rizwan’s inquiry, confirming that he hadn’t made any contact with the ball. Rizwan then conveyed this to Babar, saying, “Yeh keh raha hai pad hai (He’s saying that it hit his pad),” leaving the on-air commentators Ravi Shastri and Waqar Younis in splits.
In the end, Pakistan decided not to take the review, a wise call as the ball was clearly nowhere near Taskin’s bat. Pakistan’s pacers had a stellar performance, with Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Wasim Jr. claiming three wickets each, and Haris Rauf securing two. This impressive bowling display restricted Bangladesh to a meager total of 204.
Shaheen dismissed two early wickets, while Wasim Jr. mopped up the tail-end with three quick wickets during the final overs, ensuring Bangladesh fell short of a competitive score. Despite Mahmudullah’s fifty and Shakib Al Hasan’s 43, the rest of the Bangladeshi batters struggled to get going.
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Last Updated on November 1, 2023
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