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‘Was almost in tears laughing’: Mitchell Marsh on Gulbadin Naib’s fake injury scandal in T20 WC

‘Was almost in tears laughing’: Mitchell Marsh on Gulbadin Naib’s fake injury scandal in T20 WC

While the incident may have caused some initial frustration within the Australian camp, Mitchell Marsh has adopted a more lighthearted perspective.

Mitchell Marsh has revealed the hilarious moment during Afghanistan’s T20 World Cup win over Bangladesh that left him “almost in tears laughing.” The incident involved Afghan bowler Gulbadin Naib and a questionable injury claim that has become a source of amusement within the cricketing world.

Memorable win for Afghanistan

Afghanistan edged past Bangladesh in a thrilling encounter, securing their first-ever T20 World Cup semi-final berth. However, the closing stages of the match were shrouded in controversy.

As rain loomed and Afghanistan held a narrow lead under the Duckworth-Lewis system, their coach, Jonathan Trott, signaled for them to slow down the game.

Enter “rainstring” by Gulbadin Naib

Almost instantaneously, Gulbadin Naib, stationed at first slip, theatrically crumpled to the ground clutching his hamstring. Rain began to pour shortly thereafter, forcing a halt to play.

Australian bowler Adam Zampa wasted no time in labeling Naib’s supposed injury a classic “rainstring” tactic – a sly way to stall for time when rain threatens to disrupt a team’s advantage.

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Thankfully, the rain subsided, and the match was able to resume. Afghanistan ultimately emerged victorious, sending shockwaves through the tournament as they knocked out Australia and entered the semi-final.

Mitchell Marsh: Looking back with laughter

While the incident may have caused some initial frustration within the Australian camp, Mitchell Marsh has adopted a more lighthearted perspective. “I was almost in tears laughing,” Marsh admitted, according to cricket.com.au. “At the end of the day, it had no bearing on the game. So we can laugh about it now – but gee it was funny. It was outstanding.”

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Gulbadin Naib Joins in fun

Even Gulbadin Naib himself seems to be taking the incident in stride. He commented on teammate Naveen-ul-Haq’s Instagram post with a playful message acknowledging the “hamstring problem” and a laughing emoji.

He even shared an Instagram story alongside the team physiotherapist with the cryptic caption: “Wonders can happen.”

Gulbadin Naib eyes starring role

With the “rainstring” saga now a source of amusement, all eyes are on Gulbadin Naib as he prepares to potentially play a crucial role in Afghanistan’s historic semi-final clash against South Africa on Thursday, June 27th.

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