We have witnessed Pakistani players do bizarre things on the field but Wahab Riaz pushed the bar even lower, messing his run-up 5 times in a row. Riaz took an eternity to finish his 19th over in the second innings of Pakistan vs Sri Lanka second Test. Riaz just couldn’t get his run-up right as he went back and forth, leaving the batsman Dimuth Karunaratne amused and frustrated at the same time. Riaz was not in his best form in the first innings. The left-arm fast bowler did not get a single wicket and with Sri Lanka dominating, he faltered big time.
Wahab came close to finishing his runup on the fourth attempt but pulled out of it last minute. Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed was stunned by the series of events. He had a talk with Riaz too as the bowler was not happy with not being able to find his rhythm.
On the other hand, Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur was disappointed sitting in the pavilion. Sarfraz tried to remain calm on the field but Arthur did not mince his words. His emotions were well captured on camera as at one point he said, “What’s he doing out there?”. Arthur sat there till the fourth ball but after Riaz missed his run-up for the fifth time he used a curse word and walked back into the dressing room.
Here’s the video of Riaz missing his run-up five times in a row-
Wahab Riaz misses his run-up ” FIVE TIMES ” in a row
Mickey Arthur’s Reaction #PakvSL #PakvsSL pic.twitter.com/8252dD2F7k
— Ahsan. (@iPakistaniLAD) October 7, 2017
Though Riaz came back strong in the second innings by taking three wickets, the 32-year-old took just one wicket in the first innings. Here’s the reaction of Arthur after Riaz took the wicket of Karunaratne on the first ball-
Micky Arthur Reactions
After @WahabViki take wicket of his first ball @iPakistaniLAD#PAKvSL pic.twitter.com/TwQUFWi17l
— سائرہ خان. (@TEAM_SAIRA) October 9, 2017
But Twitterati did not refrain from trolling the fast bowler-
#Pakistan Trying To Enter #Kashmir. Rehne Do Beta, Tumse Na Ho Payega. br>
Wahab Riaz #PAKvSL #PakvsSLpic.twitter.com/l7fLM462S9
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) October 8, 2017
Wahab Riaz struggling.
Mickey Arthur “what’s he doing out there?”
Pakistan fans “we’ve wondered the same thing for many years”#PAKvSL pic.twitter.com/xnVSkmR4AR
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) October 7, 2017
News in 2050:
Wahab Riaz is still bowling this over. pic.twitter.com/MseCu4SjPQ
— #काहनस्टेर خانستر (@im_afsi) October 9, 2017
My relationship status is just like #Wahab_Riaz .. One Minute up, Next Minute Down! #PAKvSL
— MalikHarry (@Malik_Back125) October 9, 2017
@WahabViki #PAKvSL pic.twitter.com/jQ9KsQ2gDw
— Uzair Syed (@iamuzairsyed) October 8, 2017
Wahab Riaz only has two phases
He either bowls like Dale Steyn or he bowls like Ishant Sharma
There is no inbetween
— Ali Javed (@AliJaved_) October 8, 2017
Wahab Riaz is perfect example of Pakistani Youth
Jab tak Galiyan na paren Perform nahe krNa… pic.twitter.com/RTzg8eKu6D
— ArmY KhaN (@ArmyKhan7) October 8, 2017
Wahab Riaz #PAKvSL pic.twitter.com/c1UNk0ZbMw
— Muhammad Saad (@msaadali89) October 9, 2017
Riaz bowled brilliantly in the second innings by taking 3 wickets in just 3.3 overs. Sri Lanka were reduced to 34-5 at Day 3.