Athleticism is an integral part of cricket and it plays an extremely crucial role in shaping up the game in various ways. Spanning from stealing away quick singles to pulling off brilliant fielding acts, being athletic means that you have an edge over the others.
However, a few cricketers are born with raw talent which makes them phenomenal without even being sharp on the field. This necessarily doesn’t connote that they will be great runners between the wickets but they can dominate the proceedings with the sheer genius of wonderful strokes.
This article however, will look at five pairs who are extremely talented on the field but when it comes to running between the wickets, misunderstandings have raged wild between them and this has led to several dismissals and bad blood between absolutely fabulous cricketers.
It can be miscommunication or it can simply be lethargy between these two players that may lead to these kinds of troubles.
1. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli
Currently one of the most successful pair in One Day cricket which has plundered 5 double-century partnerships between them and has also led India to several humdinger victories, its infamous chemistry while running between the wickets is still a mystery.
Despite, both being masters of incredible strokeplay, it has been on numerous occasions that one has ran other out. Another intriguing trivia that must be fessed is whenever one of them has got the other dismissed, the one who remained has went on to score a massive knock and has made up for his earlier howler.
2. Sanath Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluwithrana
Another lethal Sri Lankan duo in the antiquity of One Day cricket has seen many historic feats achieved. However, this partnership was based on some menacing strokeplay from Jayasuriya while Kaluwithrana took a stand.
One of the major achievements of this pair was to introduce a pardigm shift in the way One Day cricket was played. Instead of settling down with time, they went for the attack early in the game with the fielders inside the circle.
However, they too shared a pathetic understanding while running between the wickets. Not only did they get each other dismissed, but while batting there were several wrong calls at both ends leading to utmost confusion.
3. Kumara Sangakkara and Tilakaratne Dilshan
An extremely imperative pair in the history of Sri Lankan cricket, both of them played a pivotal role in several games for their nation.
Dilshan clobbered the bowlers while Sangakkara carefully crafted the innings.
It was fun to watch these two bat together. However, whenever it came to running between the wickets, Dilshan was never fond of it. Despite being a deadly duo for Sri Lanka, they ran out each other for a staggering 8 times.
4. Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers
Once again two greats of the game, two captains of the nation and two absolute forms of destruction, have won several matches for South Africa.
However, these two has pretty pathetic understanding when it comes to running between the wickets.
Mainly two pillars of South African strokeplay, their confusion while running between the wickets amongst themselves is pretty visible. This leads to severe problems and both of them getting dismissed while trying to steal quick runs.
5. Arjuna Ranatunga and Aravinda De Silva
Ranatunga’s towering presence with some exquisite stroke-play, and De Silva’s hunger for runs made them a very dependable pair for the Sri Lankans.
Ranatunga lead the battering of the opposition while De Silva carefully stitched runs.
The former’s hesitation in going for those quick singles led to a lot of run outs between each other as one would always find himself short.
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