Bangladesh players have done a whole lot of bizarre things but none in their wildest dreams thought that opener Tamim Iqbal could pull off something as hilarious as he did against Sri Lanka in the first Test at Galle. Iqbal’s this act will go down as one of the funniest moment on the cricket field, he almost eclipsed Subashis Roy’s premature celebration after getting hit for a six in the first innings.
Iqbal had stitched more than a 100-run partnership with fellow opener Soumya Sarkar and at one point it felt like they have given a fitting reply to Sri Lanka’s first inning score of 494. But, Bangladesh players have their own way of screwing up things for themselves and that’s exactly what Iqbal did.
Iqbal had scored 57 runs from 111 balls in the first innings with scorecard reading 0 for 118 for Bangladesh. Sri Lankan spinner Lakshan Sandakan bowled a delivery which went down the leg side. Iqbal tried to get bat on it as he tried to nudge the ball towards square leg for a single.
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Sandakan, wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella and fielders in catching positions went up straight away appealing for an edge and the Umpire was about to say no but then a very bizarre thing happened which was destined to become a topic of trolls.
Iqbal had a ‘brain fade’ moment as instead of staying in his crease, he tried to run for a single unaware of the fact that Sri Lankan players are appealing for caught-behind. As expected Dickwella had ample amount of time to dislodge the bails and run him out.
As soon as Iqbal got out, the Sri Lankan fielders and commentators were left in fits and Iqbal was dumbfounded on the pitch as he realised what he had done. Dickwella could not control his laughter after taking off the bails as he celebrated with his teammates.
On an even lighter note, it seems like Bangladesh players want the limelight away from the Australian players trying to set an example of hilarious ‘brain fade moments on the field.