Cricket is a sport which is popular for its on-field action all around the globe. Nowadays cricket not only requires strong physical strength and cricketing techniques but also a sharp mind as one of the pre-requisites of the game.
When the talk comes about the sharpest minds in cricket, one name that comes into everyone’s mind is Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The man from Ranchi has proved his sharp intellect on numerous occasions. No one can beat this guy when it comes about taking rapid decisions on the field.
However, there have been several other instances where cricketers have proved their sharp thinking abilities on the ground. Let us take a look at some of those which have resulted in astonishing run-outs and jaw-dropping catches among other things.
The most prominent modern-day player from Pakistan, Misbah-ul-Haq is also known for his brilliant presence of mind on the ground. Misbah has always played the leading role for his side in all the formats of the game. Proving his knowledge of the game, he had once fooled the England side with his sharp mind.
During the test series between Pakistan and England, Misbah was at the batting crease facing the right-arm leg-spinner, Adil Rashid. At the time of releasing the ball from the hand, Misbah intended to play a sweep shot by figuring the ball from the hand. But as soon as both the wicket-keeper and the slip fielder started moving towards the right side to stop the ball, Misbah changed his shot towards the off-side.
Misbah changing his shot at the last moment tricked both James Anderson and Jos Buttler behind the wicket, which clearly states that he has one of the sharpest minds on the field.