There is something about overseas captains when it comes to reviews. Virat Kohli, Dimuth Karunaratne, Shakib Al Hasan and now, Azhar Ali. The Pakistan skipper took an overconfident review almost as soon as the umpire’s finger was raised, but the replay proved the calamity that Ali had created.
After Shan Masood showed every single person watching the game what it takes to batting in England in the first session of a Test match, with measured batting and careful execution of leaving the ball, it took one great ball from Jofra Archer to get rid of Abid Ali at the other end, which was soon followed by a duck beginning for Azhar Ali.
On the first delivery of the 19th over, bowled by the Pakistan tormentor Chris Wokaes, the ball angled into the Pakistani skipper. The ball actually seamed back from the good length and the error in judgement resulted in Ali falling far across with the bat behind his pad. When the ball struck his pad, Wokaes was quick to appeal and the umpire didn’t waste a second to call that OUT.
However, Ali was having none of it and even before the umpire could raise the finger with full glory, the Pakistani had gone for a review, with so much confidence that it almost belied belief. The replay, however, was completely on the other side of the spectrum.
The ball-tracking showed that it crashed into middle and off with three reds flashing on the screen. The review was so horrible that Ali had embarrassment written all over his face and quietly walked back to the pavilion, with their modern-day superstar Babar Azam making his way back to the crease.
Here is how people reacted on the incident:
What a waste of a review
Same old start by Pakistan. There was no need for Azhar Ali to take a review. He knew he was out. Pakistan 43 for 2.— Mazhar Abbas (@MazharAbbasGEO) August 5, 2020
Azhar Ali and LBW is not a new problem, disappointed he is unable to do anything about it— Ahsan (@ahsanzawar) August 5, 2020
Azhar Ali missed his century by 100 runs
Captain Azhar Ali gone for a duck pic.twitter.com/zAU3HlJES4— Zohaib (Cricket King) (@Zohaib1981) August 5, 2020
Azhar Ali's poor form continues
Captain Azhar Ali OUTSIDE ASIA :— Saeed Cricky 🏏 (@SaeedCricky) August 5, 2020
Azhar Ali that was horrible review. Plumb in front should have at least consulted non striker. #ENGvPAK— Rahul Rawat (@rawatrahul99) August 5, 2020
This is hilarious
@AzharAli_ Mera Matlab apko negative Karna Nahi hai, but You don't deserve Pakistani test captaincy. best of luck for 2nd Innings.— vasim (@v_as_i_m) August 5, 2020
That was pretty ordinary stuff from Azhar Ali. Plumb in front of the stumps, but he didn't hesitated taking the review and wasted it. Doesn't matter how big a player is, he first have to discuss it with the non striker before reviewing.#PakvsEng #1stTest— محمّد عبدالله وسیم (@The_pizzaguy23) August 5, 2020
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