It says one batsman can get out in many funny and unusual ways and in what can be called one of the most bizarre hit wicket dismissals ever Titan’s batter Ayabulela Gqamane smashed his off-stump out of the ground trying to hit the ball and was dismissed hit-wicket as people were left surprised and amused at the mode of how he got out.
The incident happened during the ongoing Cricket South Africa (CSA) Provincial T20 Cup 2021-22 in a match between Titans and the Knights. Right-handed batter Ayabulela Gqamane was on 12 and aiming to give his side a strong finish in the penultimate over of his side’s innings. Unfortunately, his promising innings came to an end after he was dismissed hit wicket.
Now, a hit wicket is not a very common form of dismissal. Usually, when a batter gets out hit wicket it’s either them hitting the stumps with their back foot or back of the bat. They lose balance and stumps are disturbed via foot or their whole body, like how Inzamam Ul Haq, former Pakistani captain got out against England in a Test in 2006.
Or like Kumar Sangakkara, who lost the grip of his bat in the final of the Compaq Cup in 2009 against India. He lost the bat while playing a shot and it flipped over his head and fell onto the stumps and umpires ruled him out hit wicket.
Ayabulela Gqamane Smashes His Own Off Stump To Get Out Hit Wicket In A Bizarre Way
However, Ayabulela Gqamane went one step further during the 19th over of Titans’ innings and Migael Pretorius had the ball in hand. Given that it was the death overs of the innings, Gqamane was standing deep in his crease to counter and take advantage of the slower, but fuller deliveries from the bowlers.
Seeing a delivery way outside the off-stump, Gqamane went down on one knee to hit the ball over the cover region. While he failed to make any contact with the ball, the right-handed batter instead smashed his own stumps and uprooted the off-stump, which went for a walk. All this while, the ball was called a wide and the batter even surprised himself with his act as he went back with a smile.
Here is the video of the dismissal:
Have you seen anything like this before? 😧pic.twitter.com/F2BpRIoQoH
— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) September 28, 2021