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Tuesday July 16, 2024

Delaying tactics or injury: Cricketers dubious over Gulbadin's hamstring pull

Afghanistan’s narrow win over Bangladesh secures them berth in T20 World Cup 2024 semis but eliminates Australia

By Sports Desk
June 25, 2024
Jonathan Trott (L) makes a gesture as Gulbadin Naib gets down on the field during match with Bangladesh on June 24, 2024, in these stills taken from a video. — ICC
Jonathan Trott (L) makes a gesture as Gulbadin Naib gets down on the field during match with Bangladesh on June 24, 2024, in these stills taken from a video. — ICC

Afghanistan’s narrow win over Bangladesh in the Super 8 encounter secured them a berth in the T20 World Cup 2024 semi-finals but sent Australia packing with the historic victory. 

The success was sure a celebration for the Afghans as they reached the semis stage for the first time but the Aussie players weren’t happy and expressed their concern over “delaying” tactics.

Adam Zampas story on IG. — limoncello.papi
Adam Zampa's story on IG. — limoncello.papi

Afghanistan’s victory included a controversial mid-game act by all-rounder Gulbadin Naib when he hit the floor during Bangladesh’s innings after their head coach Jonathan Trott made a gesture to slow the game down.

Not only that but the cricketer taking a wicket after a hamstring injury during the match raised many eyebrows. 

The Rashid Khan-led side faced criticism as the crucial game was paused for a while when Naib appealed a hamstring pain, but some accused him of faking the injury. 

Naib appeared to have pulled his hamstring but Australia’s spinner Adam Zampa stated that it was the “old rainstring”.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan also took a cheeky dig at Gulbadin and congratulating him on becoming the first bowler to take a wicket after being shot.

Delaying tactics or injury: Cricketers dubious over Gulbadins hamstring pull

“Great to see Gulbadin become the first cricketer in the history of the game to get a wicket 25 mins after being shot...," Vaughan posted on X, formerly Twitter.

Meanwhile, India's Ashwin jokingly called for a "red card" for Naib but the Afghan all-rounder came up with a quirky reply for that as well.

— X/GBNaib
— X/GBNaib

"It happens sometimes when you are happy or when you are sad. Hamstring," Naib wrote on X, dotted with laughing emojis.

Earlier, Afghanistan skipper Rashid was also asked by Simon Doull about Gulbadin's apparent cramp which he played down saying hopefully he will be alright for the semi-final.

"Gulbadin had some cramp, I think. Hopefully, he will be alright. But that wicket that he gave us was a massive one at that stage," Rashid said after the match.

During Bangladesh’s innings in the 12th over, Afghanistan had a narrow two-run lead under the DLS system when rain started to pour.

Taking advantage of the rain, Trott gestured towards his player and asked him to get down on the field so the umpires would stop the play.

The play stopped and no bowl was bowled then. If the play had remained stopped, Afghanistan would’ve cruised to the semi-final as they were ahead on the DLS system.

However, the rain passed quickly and the play resumed and Afghanistan managed to win the match, bowling out the entire Bangladesh team for 105 runs.

After the match resumption, Gulbadin even took a wicket and was seen running in the field to celebrate.

The match wasn’t decided by Gulbadin’s actions but that sure made the headlines because the Aussies weren’t happy with it.

The T20 World Cup 2024 is now reaching its climax as from 20 teams at the start, it has come down to the last four who will be competing in the semi-finals on June 27 in the West Indies.

T20 World Cup 2024 semi-final schedule

Semi-final 1 — June 27, 5:30AM (PST):

South Africa vs Afghanistan @ Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad and Tobago.

Semi-final 2 — June 27, 7:30PM (PST):

India vs England @ Providence Stadium, Georgetown, Guyana