Highlights

  • Incident took place during Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder game
  • Rauf was the last batter on the roster, had to rush out after quick wickets

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Watch: Haris Rauf comes out without batting pads in rushed entry during Big Bash match

After Melbourne Stars lost 3 wickets in 3 balls, Haris Rauf found himself in a scramble to reach the crease, eventually making it for the last delivery of the innings without any pads on.

Watch: Haris Rauf comes out without batting pads in rushed entry during Big Bash match

In an unusual turn of events during the Big Bash League 2023-24, Pakistani pace sensation Haris Rauf, currently representing the Melbourne Stars, made a hasty and unconventional entrance to the crease without wearing batting pads. This incident occurred during the team's clash against the Sydney Thunder at Lavington Sports Oval in Albury on Saturday, December 23.

Rauf, positioned as the No. 11 batter for the Stars in their third match of the season, found himself in a scramble to reach the crease. The situation arose after the Melbourne Stars lost a quick succession of wickets, three in total, in just three deliveries.

With the Stars' score at 172 for 6 in 19.2 overs, the wickets tumbled rapidly, leaving them at 172 for 9 by 19.5 overs. This sudden loss of wickets prompted Rauf to dash onto the field, seen juggling his helmet and gloves. In the rush of the moment, he inadvertently skipped wearing his batting pads. The Big Bash League's official handle shared a video of this rare moment on X, which quickly gained widespread attention online.

Despite his hurried entry, Rauf ultimately did not have the opportunity to bat during the innings. The spectacle of a cricketer entering the field without one of the fundamental pieces of protective gear, batting pads, added an unexpected twist to the match and became a talking point among cricket fans worldwide.

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