A player may miss a Test due to cricketing reasons, but there have been a few instances when cricketers have missed a match due to reasons beyond cricket. Cricwizz takes a look at such instances.
It’s another case if you miss a Test after getting injured in the match or in the training sessions. But getting injured while venting out frustration on getting out is unheard of. But Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh had the embarrassment of going through such an ordeal.
Marsh punched a wall in anger after getting dismissed for 53 in a Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania in Oct 2019. And what happened next was something Mitchell didn’t expect.
He fractured his right hand and was sidelined for a few weeks. He has to miss the Test series against Pakistan. Coach Justin Langer called him an idiot. Marsh said it was a good lesson for him.
The West Indian was another cricketer who missed not just a Test match but an entire series due to an unwarranted injury. The West Indies had embarked on a tour of South Africa in 1998/99, and he was a key member of the squad.
But Adams got himself injured after he cut his hand with a butter knife. The injury was huge as has had to get 3 stitches on his hand, and he had to miss an entire series.
Navjot Singh Sidhu
India’s tour of England in 1996 was infamous for NS Sidhu’s return from the UK midway from the tour. He was reportedly constantly abused by his captain Mohammed Azhurddin that led Sidhu to walk out of the tour.
Later, it came to light that there was miscommunication between the two as Azhar was using a Hyderabadi lingo that Sidhu considered it to be slang.
However, Sidhu’s walkout paved the way for Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid to announce their arrival in world cricket.
Dexter not only missed another Test but this incident virtually ended his career. He was driving his Jaguar in west London in 1965 when he ran out of petrol. He started pushing his car to safety when he lost control and broke his leg.
But he made a comeback after 3 years to play two Tests, but he was not the same batsman again and retired from international cricket. Dexter played 62 Tests for England, scoring 4502 runs @ 47.89 with 9 tons and 27 fifties.
He slammed a triple ton (303*) against England in the Chennai Test in 2016. He was a replacement for an injured Ajinkya Rahane in the middle-order.
But thanks to coach and team management’s policy to bring back regular players after they have recovered from their injury forced Nair to make way for his predecessor for the No 5 spot during the one-off Test against Bangladesh.
Nair lost his confidence after being dropped and he failed to produce another meaningful knock. He has been relegated to domestic cricket since.