Cricket is a gentleman’s game. However, sometimes this game is funny and as well as cruel. The dismissal of Henry Nicholls is the perfect example of how cruel and funny, a game can be at times. The third Test match between England and New Zealand is going on at Headingley, Leeds. New Zealand has won the toss and has decided to bat first. The Kiwis were struggling at 83-4 when Daryl Mitchell and Henry Nicholls were building the partnership for New Zealand.
Henry Nicholls’s Unbelievable Dismissal Against England
The incident happened on the 56th over. It was mostly the last over before the Tea. Jack Leach was bowling the over. Henry Nicholls was on strike on the second delivery. Jack Leach bowled an ordinary delivery. Henry Nicholls hit it straight. At one point it was Four written on the ball.
However, just after a fraction of a second Henry Nicholls got dismissed. Henry hit the ball straight and the ball took the deflection of Daryl Mitchell’s bat standing at the non-striker end and flew into the hands of Alex Lees at mid-off. Naseer Hussain who was doing the commentary was also surprised by what he saw. He said,
“How has it got there?! Mitchell’s at the non-striker’s end, he’s trying to get his bat out of the way, the umpire’s trying to get out of the way… and Mitchell’s middled it straight to mid-off.
I cannot believe that, I really can’t.”
What on earth!? 😅🙈
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) June 23, 2022
It was so fast that even Jack Leach could not believe that he has a wicket to his name. The day ended with New Zealand scoring 225 for 5 in 90 overs with Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell at the crease.
Similar Incident Happened Before
The Henry Nicholls dismissal wasn’t the first of his kind.
Here’s the og v (in)famous dismissal of the late Andrew Symonds. Clarke being the antagonist in this case. pic.twitter.com/Y7qL2ypAoT
— Mustafeez/مستفیض (@Misterfeezz) June 23, 2022
If you think, this is the first time happened in cricket then it is not right. A similar incident has happened before in an ODI match between Australia and Sri Lanka. A late Andrew Symonds was batting and Michael Clarke was at the non-striker end. Andrew Symonds’ shot took the deflection of Michael Clarke’s right leg and the ball flew to Tillakaratne Dilshan. The bowler was Jehan Mubarak.
You can say that Henry Nicholls was out of luck. It was one of the freakiest dismissals in the cricketing history. What do you guys think? Let us know in the comments below.