Running out of excuses: Allan Donald is left well and truly high and dry in the 1999 World Cup semi-final
There is absolutely no doubt whatsoever that the worst way to be dismissed in cricket is being run out, especially when it is your partner who has just left you high and dry.
Equally, though, a run-out is usually a source of great amusement and none more so than these 10 embarrassing examples from down the years that we have picked out for you…
With a place in the 1999 World Cup final against Pakistan theirs for the taking, all South Africa needed was one run from the final four balls of their semi-final against Australia at Edgbaston.
However, nerves got the better of the Proteas, as Lance Klusener set off for an impossible run, leaving last man Allan Donald stranded in the middle of the pitch as Australia celebrated reaching the final.
The England opener was just three runs away from reaching his first-ever Test century against Australia on home soil when he tucked part-time spinner Allan Border off his legs for what seemed like an inevitable hundred.
The problem, though, was that Atherton’s partner at the other end was the not so fleet-footed Mike Gatting, and when the Middlesex veteran had a late change of heart over the third run, he ended up leaving his team-mate flat on his back in a futile attempt to make his ground.
Normally ice cool when out in the middle, the great South Africa all-rounder was for once caught short when attempting to come back for a second run to bring up his ton against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground that not even Usain Bolt would have made.
But just what is it about the Nervous Nineties, though, that makes normally rational batsmen do the most crazy things?
Another in a long line of comical run outs in the Pakistani’s career, although surely this one against England has to be Inzy’s most memorable?
However, in fairness to the middle-order batsman, he did very much appear to be taking evasive action when fast bowler Steve Harmison fielded his drive and then threw the stumps down.
It’s never really a good idea at the best of times to run your captain out, let alone when that man is Ricky Ponting and you are a tail-ender on a flat wicket in Bangladesh, but that is exactly what happened here as the former Aussie skipper is left high and dry by team-mate Jason Gillespie.
However, Dizzy did make up for his mishap by going on to score a memorable unbeaten double century in Chittagong in April 2006.
The best run outs are always those which see two batsmen end up at the same end, and even better when both players race each other to see who can make their ground first, as we see here between Australian openers Matthew Hayden and Mathew Elliott against South Africa, with it being the latter that wins this particular foot race!
Hesitation almost always proves fatal when running between the wickets, as in this particular horror show involving England’s Ian Bell and Paul Collingwood at Adelaide in 2006.
With Bell nudging the ball behind square backward of point, it is his partner who calls him through for a quick single, only for the Warwickshire batsman to instead crucially hesitate while ball watching, and inevitably both men briefly find themselves at the same end before Bell scampers to make his ground but Shane Warne finds him well short. (0:49).
The England skipper could hardly put a foot wrong in his debut series in charge of his country in India in 2012/13, scoring heaps of runs as the tourists recorded a shock 2-1 series win.
In fact, the only way the home team appeared able to dismiss the opener was in freak circumstances such as this, when Cook was run out at the non-striker’s end trying to get out of the way of Virat Kohli’s bullet throw, rather than simply make his ground.
It is bad enough getting run out, but when being short of your ground also results in your twin brother being left stranded on 99 not out, as happens here at the WACA between Steve and Mark Waugh against England in 1994/95, then there are bound to be some raised voices at the family dinner table later that night!
One of the most bizarre run outs in living memory, and again it is involving an English batsman against India, although on this occasion there is no piece of lightning fielding to bring about the dismissal, in fact, quite the opposite.
As after Eoin Morgan had played the final delivery of the session seemingly off his legs for a boundary, India fieldsman Praveen Kumar then appeared to signal a four as he also threw the ball back in from the outfield, with the two English batsmen strolling off for tea.
However, a quick-thinking MS Dhoni threw the ball to Abhinav Mukund, who broke the stumps and on review Bell was given out, much to his and the raucous home crowd’s obvious displeasure, only for peace talks in the tea interval to subsequently see the embarrassed batsman reinstated.