Young Indian batsman Akash Deep has produced a contender for most baffling dismissal in recent memory.
With Saurashtra taking on Bengal in the final of the 2019/20 Ranji Trophy, Deep had only just started his innings when it all went wrong.
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The Bengal batsman played and missed a straight delivery from Jaydev Unadkat, but failed to stay in his crease.
Saurashtra wicketkeeper Avi Barot took a shy at the stumps and missed, but inexplicably Deep still didn’t try to get back in his crease.
With Deep’s foot planted firmly on the line but with nothing behind it, Unadkat gathered the wicketkeeper’s throw and took another shot at the stumps - this time successfully.
Saurashtra players celebrated as Deep still failed to realise his mistake, showing the umpire all he needed to see by keeping his foot where it was.
“What are you going to say about that,” one commentator said, seemingly gobsmacked.
What was Akash Deep doing there 😊— Amit Singh (@amitsingh79) March 14, 2020
Brilliant from Saurashtra! What a team they’ve become over the years. Jaydev Unadkat has earned an apology from Twitter trolls. Leading from the front. 👏 👏 👏— Jay Dansinghani (@JayCricketDude) March 13, 2020
Akash Deep though 🤦♂️ #RanjiTrophyFinal #RanjiTrophy
Unadkat leads Saurashtra to maiden title
Unadkat produced a brilliant spell when it mattered the most, leading Saurashtra to their maiden Ranji Trophy triumph a year after stumbling at the last hurdle.
The win was achieved on the basis of their first-innings lead.
Bengal had the upper hand going into day five after Anustup Majumdar (63) and Arnab Nandi (40 not out) shared an unbeaten 91-run stand in the final session on the fourth day.
But Unadkat, who had single-handily taken Saurashtra into the final with a seven-wicket haul against Gujarat on the final day of their semi-final, rose to the occasion yet again.
The left-arm pacer had the in-form Majumdar LBW and Deep run out in a space of three balls to turn the game on its head.
Unadkat ended as the season's leading wicket-taker with 67 scalps at a staggering average of 13.23, one short of an all-time record.