Mujeeb ur Rahman, Afghanistan’s star spinner, recently made an unfortunate mark in cricket history. He became the first player in One Day Internationals (ODIs) to be dismissed hit-wicket not once, but twice, in consecutive matches during the Asia Cup 2023.
This unusual incident occurred in the Asia Cup 2023 Group stage match between Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Bangladesh’s top-order batsmen, Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Najmul Hossain Shanto, both scored centuries, helping their team reach a formidable total of 334/5.
In response, Afghanistan struggled to keep up with the required run rate, losing wickets along the way. However, the 45th over of their chase witnessed a bizarre moment. Mujeeb, known for his lower-order batting skills, took on Taskin Ahmed’s bowling.
As he attempted to hit the ball over the mid-wicket boundary for a six, he inadvertently dislodged the stumps with his back leg, resulting in a rare hit-wicket dismissal. What added to the astonishment was that this wasn’t the first time Mujeeb had experienced a hit-wicket dismissal in an ODI.
In a recent ODI against Pakistan, while batting impressively at 64 runs, he found himself in a similar situation. While trying to flick a delivery to the short fine leg off Pakistan’s Shaheen Afridi, Mujeeb’s back leg once again disturbed the stumps, leading to another hit-wicket dismissal.