Over the years we have witnessed several funny incidents taking place on the cricket field. Players engaging in a comedy-of-errors, or fielders losing their trousers while attempting to stop the delivery. In another such hilarious instance, a batter forgot to wear his pads while walking to bat during a cricket match in the UK. The video of the incident has gone viral on social media leaving the fans in splits.
In the video, the batter is seen coming out to bat, but, without his bats. The batter has been identified as Martin Hughes from the Southend Civic Cricket Club. Only when the opposition fielders bring it to the batter’s attention, does he notices that he isn’t wearing the pads and rushes back to the pavilion. The non-striker and opposition players burst into laughter.
Watch the hilarious video here:
— That’s So Village (@ThatsSoVillage) July 20, 2022
Meanwhile, interestingly, the umpire at the non-striker’s end was also spotted talking on a phone as Martin was taking his batting guard. The video of the incident has gone viral and is being shared widely on social media by cricket fanatics. It has drawn funny reactions from the crowd, who were left amused with the incident.
Let’s take a look at how Twitteratti reacted to the video:
Twitteratti commented on the post, sharing their reactions and also their personal experiences of such funny incidents taking place on the cricketing field. Sharing one such incident, a Twitter user named @mr_humz wrote, “I remember once I must have been 11/12, number 3 walks out, he realises he’s only got one glove says screw it I’ll carry on. Knocked over first ball.”
I remember once I must have been 11/12, number 3 walks out, he realises he’s only got one glove says screw it I’ll carry on. Knocked over first ball 😭
— Hector Cunha Mian (@mr_humz) July 20, 2022
“I had a team-mate who never wore a box. He said that it was to ensure that he never lost concentration!!,” wrote @MarkDoigFC.
I had a team-mate who never wore a box. He said that it was to ensure that he never lost concentration!!
— Mark Doig (@MarkDoigFC) July 20, 2022
@stevesanderstax reminded the incident when former England bowler Bob Willis forgot to carry his bat in an international match. The incident took place during the Edgbaston in 1981 against England.
Bob Willis once went out without his bat.
To be fair to Bob, it wouldn't have made much difference.
— The Man With The Golden Retriever (@stevesanderstax) July 20, 2022
I bat 5. As soon as the first wicket drops I get padded. I know how this works. Been caught out too often.
I think when I get in our no.11 gets padded usually 😂
— Andrew Brough (@AndrewDBrough) July 20, 2022
@Loftylee72 I hope he scored some runs when he came back out
— Richie P (@_RichieP_) July 21, 2022
We stopped one of our players going out to bat after he declared “I don’t need pads”
The week after he was fielding in cow corner when this lad hit this shot. It was 6 inches of the ground leaving the bat and it was still 6 inches when it hit him on the shin. Ouch!
— Y Front (@YfrontFanzine) July 20, 2022
This has happened to me as well playing a friendly match in Singapore. I forgot to put on my left hand gloves and the umpire pointed it out
— Pankaj Prasad (@pcumar2002) July 21, 2022
I've batted with my phone in my pocket before now.
Very expensive thigh pad
— Shrewdinho (@ChrisTheShrew) July 21, 2022
We had a batsman go in without the bat. Realised it when he reached the pitch and the keeper asked him.
— jayaram (@Jayesthetik) July 20, 2022
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