After Cook is bizarrely dismissed in Kolkata, we take a look at five other crazy runouts
22:00 GMT, 7 December 2012
England captain Alastair Cook was run out on 190 as he tried to avoid a throw from Virat Kohli on day three of the third Test against India in Kolkata. He is not the first batsman to be run out in bizarre fashion though. Here, Sportsmail looks at five famous examples…
Allan Donald (Edgbaston, 1999)
South Africa needed one run to beat Australia at Edgbaston and reach their first World Cup final when Lance Klusener hit Damien Fleming to mid-on and started running. But last man Allan Donald didn’t hear his call, dropped his bat, and eventually set off for the single far too late. As Australia’s fielders went berserk, Donald was left to reflect on one of cricket’s cruellest chokes.
Cruel: Australia go wild as Donald is run out
Mike Atherton (Lord’s, 1993)
The England opener was on 97 when he turned Australia’s captain Allan Border through midwicket. He and Mike Gatting had run two and Atherton hesitated before setting off for a third. But he changed his mind, before slipping and scrabbling about on all fours as Merv Hughes’s throw from the deep left him stranded on 99. He never did make a Test hundred at Lord’s.
Falling short: Atherton can't get back in his crease
Evasive action: Inzamam is harshly given out
Hanif Mohammad (Karachi, 1959)
Playing for Karachi in a Pakistani domestic game, their Test opener Hanif Mohammad had moved to 498 with a ball to go on the second day. He duly played it to point and set off for two, only to be beaten in search of a 500th run. The batsman at the other end, Abdul Aziz, died later that season after being hit over the heart.
Inzamam-ul-Haq (Faisalabad, 2005)
Pakistan’s captain had played a defensive shot to Steve Harmison during the second Test at Faisalabad when the England fast bowler immediately threw down the stumps. In an attempt to get out of the way, Inzamam jumped in the air – and was wrongly given run out by third umpire Nadeem Ghauri, despite being in his crease when he took evasive action.
Ian Meckiff (Brisbane, 1960)
needed one to win off the last ball of the Brisbane Test against West
Indies, when last man Lindsay Kline turned Wes Hall to the leg side. But
fielder Joe Solomon reacted quickly, throwing down the stumps at the
striker’s end with Meckiff short of his ground. The result was the first
tie in Test history. There has been only one since.