The Pakistani cricket team suffered a 1-run loss to Zimbabwe on Thursday in the T20 World Cup 2022 match. The result was widely billed as the biggest upset of the tournament so far. But things could not have ended differently if Pakistan had been able to score a brace on the last ball of the game. Pakistan’s Mohammad Wasim Jr went to great lengths to ensure a double was taken on the last ball and even did something that should have been penalized by Zimbabwean bowler Brad Evans.
In an image that has gone viral on social networks. Wasim Jr. was seen leaving his kink early on the last ball of the game, bowled by Brad Evans, as Pakistan needed 2 runs from 1 ball to level the game. Babar Azam’s men failed to achieve a brace and lost the match by 1 run.
Zimbabwe had to throw the ball at the end of the shaker to prevent the Pakistani team from scoring a brace. Thanks to Wasim Jr. removing his crease, it was easier for him to get back into his crease in time.
The image has caused a lot of outrage among fans and some pundits on social media. Even former Australian weirdo Brad Hogg took to Twitter and demanded stricter policies against such actions.
“Why leaving the circle before the ball is delivered needs a severe penalty! Last ball of the game last night! he tweeted.
Why does there have to be a severe penalty for leaving the goal crease before the ball is delivered!
Last ball of last night’s game!#ZIMvPAK #T20WorldCup2022 pic.twitter.com/lHpaMr3Oqr
—Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) October 28, 2022
A Twitter user named Peter Della Penna also posted a series of screenshots showing Wasim Jr. popping out of the crease prematurely. He also underlined how big the drama would have been if Pakistan had managed to get a double on that occasion.
“Most outfield players do it anyway, but @SRazaB24 is especially smart in choosing the forward winger for the last ball to beat Pakistan. Wasim had left the non-striker end before Evans jumped into his delivery rhythm, a great start. Raza’s best career option has always been the striker winger.
“However, imagine if Pakistan had stopped the second run to force a Super knowing Zimbabwe had a chance to nip that run in the bud (or at least force another runner down 8 wickets to get to the non-striker end). started,” he wrote in a couple of tweets.
However, imagine if Pakistan had stopped the second run to force a Super, knowing that Zimbabwe had a chance to nip that race in the bud (or at least force another runner to finish 8 wickets short of non-strikers to come) before he started .
—Peter Della Penna (@PeterDellaPenna) October 27, 2022
In the end, however, not only did Zimbabwe win the game, but the result also brought Pakistan to the brink of elimination from the tournament.
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