In the modern game of cricket, batters often come up with creative shots to put pressure on the opposition bowlers. However, sometimes their innovative attempts can lead to unexpected and embarrassing outcomes. Such a moment occurred on Wednesday during the England vs. Netherlands match in Pune.
England chose to bat first, and their innings got off to a good start until Jonny Bairstow was dismissed. Nevertheless, Dawid Malan and Joe Root were showing their batting skills and keeping the scoreboard moving. But things took a dramatic turn when Joe Root, who hasn’t been in top form during the World Cup, had a rather unfortunate dismissal that quickly became a hot topic on social media.
It happened in the 21st over, on the second ball. Root, who had previously managed to hit a boundary using a reverse scoop, attempted the same shot against a delivery from Logan van Beek. He stood with his feet wide apart, trying to be cheeky, but he got himself into an awkward position, and the ball didn’t behave as he expected. The delivery from van Beek ended up flicking the inside of Root’s thigh pad and then sneaking through his legs before ultimately hitting the stumps.
The sight of Joe Root getting out in such a peculiar manner, with his bat lodged between his legs, quickly ignited a flurry of reactions on Twitter. People found it quite embarrassing, and the incident became a talking point in the cricketing world.
Joe Root’s Unconventional Dismissal Goes Viral on Twitter
— bhupendar jogi (@JogiBhupen85333) November 8, 2023
— 🎭 (@AultarrEgo) November 8, 2023
#EngvNed What kind of shot was that Joe root?
He tried to play the reverse flick with both legs open and then stopped mid way..
Ball went through his legs & Bowled!! pic.twitter.com/J8gNiQNerQ
— Anurag Sinha (@anuragsinha1992) November 8, 2023
— Deeban Chakravarthi (@DeebanChakrava7) November 8, 2023
The reverse scoop shot played with sheer stupidity.
— Deshraj Singh (@DeshrajH) November 8, 2023