You’ve seen batsmen smash the ball onto the stumps, you’ve seen batsmen drag the foot onto the stumps, you’ve seen batsman's bat flicking the stumps, but have you ever seen a batsman headbutt the ball straight onto the stumps? No? Good. SRH’s Priyam Garg, versus RCB, did just that today.
Cricket is such a bizarre and beautiful sport, for the simple reason that, time and again, the players involved pull off something so scatter-brained that it leaves the viewers in absolute splits. For instance, it was only two years ago that Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq made absolute goofballs of themselves with ‘that’ run out and a few weeks ago, Jonny Bairstow smashed his bat into the stumps off a Mitchell Starc delivery after the ball hit the gloves of the keeper.
Well, Bairstow did not do anything ‘too’ foolish today - I mean he did swing recklessly against Chahal and threw his wicket away - but his teammate Priyam Garg, however, registered a contender for the most bizarre dismissal OF ALL TIME.
With SRH 129-4 chasing 164, all that was needed from Garg, India’s U19 skipper, was some sensible batting but instead, the youngster somehow made himself look like the biggest oaf on the field. As Shivam Dube bowled a length delivery, the youngster went for an audacious scoop, trying to direct the ball towards the fine-leg boundary. What followed next is something, if one imagines, he’d like to forget for the rest of his life.
A botched scoop from Garg resulted in him directing the ball towards his helmet. Now that’s okay, but, after that, the 19-year-old, in the most bizarre and hilarious fashion imaginable, ended up headbutting the ball into the stumps. It was a moment like no other and so strange was the dismissal that the RCB players could not help but chuckle.
A dismissal reminiscent of Kevin Pietersen’s helmet falling onto the stumps some 13 years ago versus the Windies, only this time around the damage was done by the batsman himself, and not the bowler.
Ohhh!! Gotta feel sad for this boy!
Disappointed the way Priyam Garg got out.— VINOD KAMBLI (@vinodkambli349) September 21, 2020
Such a big platform to for youngsters...you got to play proper cricketing shots...and try to play straight#RCBvSRH
Here is how Twitter reacted on it:
Priyam Garg tries something cheeky and bowls himself out for 12. SRH 30 off 19 with 5 wickets in hand #SRHvRCB— ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) September 21, 2020