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10 unbelievable hit wickets in the World Cup cricket history

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Hit wickets used to be the rarest of dismissals in the early days of the cricket and especially in the One-Day International (ODI) cricket.  These days, there has been a rise in such dismissals, whereby a batsmen unintentionally dislodges the bails.

Hit-wicket is possibly the most awkward way to end an innings in a cricket game. If the batsman dislodges the stumps with his body part or bat during the case of taking a run or hitting a shot, the umpire adjudges it as an out. Let us take a look at top 10 unbelievable hit wickets in World Cup cricket history.

Imam Ul Haq against Bangladesh (World Cup 2019)

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This must be a bit fresh in your memory. Pakistan’s Imam Ul Haq scored a century against Bangladesh in the ICC World Cup in England and Wales and was immediately dismissed in a funny way. Imam scored seven fours in his century which he brought up with a single against Bangladesh left-arm bowler Mustafizur Rahman in the 42nd over.

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Two balls later and still on 100, he accidentally hit his own wicket and was out against Bangladesh at Lord’s. The funny dismissal for Imam would have made a lot of fans remember his uncle Inzamam Ul Haq ‘s wicket against England during the Test match in Pakistan’s tour of England in 2006.

Martin Guptill against South Africa (World Cup 2019)


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One more hit wicket in World Cup 2019. New Zealand was marching in their run chase against South Africa when Martin Guptill’s wicket triggered social media with jokes and memes. Batting happily on 35, NZ opener brought up the ‘zing bails’ talk on rise with his funny dismissal. The right-handed batsmen proved that the zing bails do work when he got out after dislodging his own wicket with a 360 degree turn into a hook shot. He slipped while trying to take off for a single and dislodged the bails. He walked off to the Pavillion with a ashamed smile on his face. With this funny dismissal, Guptill became the first New Zealand Batsman to be dismissed by hitting his own wickets in the history of Cricket World Cup.

Roy Fredericks against Australia (1975 World Cup)

You must be wondering about the first incident of hit wicket. The first instance of hit-wicket took place in the final of the 1975 World Cup in England. West Indian opener Roy Fredericks was the batsman who got hit wicket in that game was off the bowling of Australia’s pacegun Dennis Lillee. The fierce Lillee had banged short ball and Fredericks, who had taken strike, pulled it out of the ground. But the effort went in vain since the let-hand batsman lost his balance while playing the shot and one of his legs, in the quest of holding on to the ground, touched the stumps and unsettled the bails.

Franklyn Dennis against England (1979 World Cup)

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We bet only few may have heard this name before. Franklyn Anthony Dennis was a former cricketer who played for Canada. He played three One Day Internationals in the 1979 World Cup, as well as represented Canada at 1979 ICC World Cup tournament. In the World Cup, against England at Old Trafford, he scored meager 21 out of the team’s total of 45 all out. He was the second player in ICC Cricket World Cup history after Roy Fredericks to be dismissed hit wicket.

Maurice Odumbe against West Indies (1996 World Cup)

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Maurice Odumbe was a former Kenyan cricketer and a former ODI captain for Kenya. Till 2015, he was the world’s only player who was dismissed hit wicket twice in career. In 1996 Wills World Cup, against West Indies Odumbe was playing in Pune but unfortunately was dismissed hit wicket on the bowling of Ian Bishop. Did you know: Kenya won the match by 73 runs and Maurice Odumbe was Man of Match for his three wicket haul.

Gary Kirsten against West Indies (1996 World Cup)

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One more hit wicket incident took place in the same World Cup (1996). The incident took place at National Stadium, Karachi. In third Quarter Final against West Indies, South African batsman Gary Kirsten was prey of hit wicket. West Indies set target of 265 for South Africa. Chasing the target Andrew Hudson and Gary Kirsten took the field but unfortunately, Kirsten was dismissed hit wicket on the bowling of Sir Curtly Ambrose. Kirsten was dismissed on the score of six runs.

Joe Harris against Sri Lanka (2003 World Cup)

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Canada’s Joe Harris during World Cup 2003 (Credits Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

One more Canadian batsman joins the list. Joe Harris from Canada was victim of this funny dismissal. In 2003 World Cup in South Africa, Sri Lanka won the toss and put Canada to bat. Joe Harris was the skipper of Canada. He was out through hit wicket at just 9 runs against Sri Lankan bowler Prabath Nissanka.

Maurice Odumbe against West Indies (2003 World Cup)

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Maurice Odumbe is here again! Sounds funny? But indeed it is true. In 42nd World Cup match in 2003 at Kimberley, South Africa, Maurice Odumbe was once again dismissed hit wicket against West Indies. With the help of Chris Gayle’s ton West Indies put total of 245. Chasing the total Kenya was all out for 104. ‘A hit wicket at duck’, isn’t it an embarrassing dismissal? It came on the bowling of Jermaine Lawson.

Vusi Sibanda against Ireland (2007 World Cup)

Zimbabwe international Vusi Sibanda joins the list of hit wicket dismissals. The rare incident took place at Sabina Park, Kingston during 2007 World Cup. Zimbabwe won the toss and chose to bowl first. Ireland made 221 with the help of Jeremy Bray’s ton. Chasing the target of 222, Vusi Sibanda made a solid start but during Andrew White’s bowling Vusi Sibanda couldn’t balance his feet and was unfortunately was dismissed hit wicket. He scored 67 runs. The match tied in the last.

Regis Chakabva against UAE (2015 World Cup)

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Regis Chakabva hit wicket against UAE in 2015 World Cup match (Credits PerthNow)One can call this unexpected wicket of 2015 World Cup. Regis Chakabva managed to score 35 from 62 balls when he fell in funny fashion, playing back to the off-spin of Mohammad Tauqir from UAE , operating the ball off his pads to leg and then slipping over and troubling his stumps with his left foot. Embarrassing hit wickets, isn’t it?

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