Watch: Khawaja strips during BBL game to change abdomen guard
The Big Bash League knockout match between Brisbane Heat and Sydney Thunder witnessed a delay for some minutes after Thunder opening batsman Usman Khawaja undressed on the field. Well, what was the actual reason behind him stripping in the middle of the pitch?
After coming out to open the innings alongside Alex Hales, Khawaja looked good at the crease as he struck as many as 4 fours to his name. Thunder managed to score 60 runs at the expense of 1 wicket in 8 overs. Ahead of the 9th over, Khawaja faced a hitch in his abdomen guard.
As a result, he decided to change it immediately. If it was someone else, he would have walked to the dressing room. However, Khawaja was least bothered about others as he decided to change it in an open place where everyone saw him stripping his trousers.
The whole episode was caught on camera. Meanwhile, the commentators, fans and others who watched the clip reacted to the incident. Perhaps, this is the first time that has ever happened on the field.
Khawaja’s incident left everyone in splits and the video spread like wildfire on social media. Meanwhile, fans couldn’t really believe what they had witnessed on the field. “Have … have you ever seen this before?Usman Khawaja had to change everything – on the field!?,” 7Cricket social media handle tweeted.
Watch the video below:
Have … have you ever seen this before ?
— 7Cricket (@7Cricket) January 31, 2021
One commentator said: “What’s going on?” while the other one said: “I’ve watched as you two have 35-40 years worth of cricket, I’ve never seen a cricketer completely disrobe on the ground.”
Khawaja failed to convert his innings to a good score as he departed after scoring 28 runs. Sam Billings and Ben Cutting scored 34 runs apiece as Thunder posted 158/8 in 20 overs. Steketee and Mitchell Swepson took 2 wickets each for Brisbane Heat.
In reply to the target, Heat aced the run-chase in 19.1 overs and won the game by 7 wickets. Sam Heazlett top-scored with 74 off 49 balls including 6 fours and 3 towering sixes at a magnificent strike-rate of 151.02. Jimmy Pierson also played well by scoring 43 off 24 balls with the help of 2 fours and 3 sixes.
Brisbane Heat will play against Perth Scorchers in the Challenger at Manuka Oval in Canberra on February 4. The winner of this match will make it to the final to play against Sydney Sixers on February 6 at Sydney Cricket Ground.