When things are not going your way, you find freakish ways of getting out. England opener Dom Sibley experienced it to the hilt during the second innings of the final Test.
It all happened on the last ball of the 10th over bowled by Axar Patel when Dom Sibley nailed the slog-sweep with perfection.
The only problem was that the ball smashed into the left leg of short-leg fielder Shubman Gill, who was jumping in the air to avoid getting hit.
To Sibley and everyone’s surprise, the ball ricochet off Gill’s leg to ballon straight in the air. Wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant did the rest as he completed a regulation catch.
Sibley’s dismissal was reminiscent of the manner in which Indian No.3 Cheteshwar Pujara got out during the first innings of the first Test in Chennai where his full-blooded pull ricochet off the short-leg fielder’s back and go straight to the mid-wicket fielder.
The unfortunate dismissal ended what has turned out to be a disappointing series for Dom Sibley, whose batting fell away after the 87 that he scored in the first innings of the first Test.
Since then, the English opener managed a mere 47 runs in seven innings at an average of 6.71. Sibley’s fortunes have mirrored England’s fortunes, which fell off the cliff post their 227-run win in the first Test.
Watch the dismissal here: