You never know what to expect when watching a T20 match.
The batsmen are swinging away, the bowlers are trying a million variations and on odd occasions, a security guard takes a “crowd catch”. Today, it was Dwayne Bravo’s turn to entertain.
Turning out for the Melbourne Renegades, Dwayne Bravo strode out to bat amidst warm cheers from the crowds at the Docklands Stadium at Melbourne. With Aaron Finch having set the tone for the innings with a 37 ball 63, the platform was set for the West Indian T20-pro to light up the innings.
With two sixes and a four, he was in the mood for a big one and just before taking strike for the 17th over, he began shadow-practising a big hit.
Clint McKay ran in and delivered a rather innocuous short delivery.
Bravo’s eyes probably lit up as if to say, “this was exactly the ball that I was wishing for a moment ago.”
And needless to say, a baseball-like pull-shot ensued.
Just as the quick-eyed spectators at square-leg were ready to spot the ball that was to head in their direction, Bravo missed.
And if missing the ball wasn’t embarrassing enough, the stumps behind him lit up. He was clean-bowled!
And there was more to follow as Bravo’s bat had given up on him.
As the players around him cheered and congregated in celebration, Bravo realised what had just transpired.
All he could manage was brandish his famous smile and walk off in disbelief over a rather embarrassing dismissal.
Fans watching the game and following it on social media caught the lighter side of the incident.
Incidentally, something similar happened to MS Dhoni in a T20I when on the tour to Australia in 2012. When facing up to Brett Lee and attempting a big hit, the Indian skipper accidentally sent the bat in the direction that he intended to hit the ball.
When attempting to retrieve his bat, he was amused to find Brett Lee appealing for a catch.
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