Rehman 0-0-8-0, have you ever seen something like this? Bet no! These are the match figures of a specialist bowler. Abdul Rehman Pakistan’s left arm spinner who replaced Junaid Khan in their game against Bangladesh in Asia Cup 2014 did something unusual when he was brought into the attack.
Rehman came to bowl in 11th over, he started waywardly when the ball slept out of his hands and was too high and wide for the Bangladeshi batsman Imrul Kayees to play. Back to his bowling mark, he again went on to bowl a full toss, but this time directly on batsman slightly outside off stump, the batsman tried to dispatch it but the ball went straight in the hands of fielder at deep mid-wicket. On field umpires assembled and with the assistance of third umpire decided it was a waist-high no ball.
Rehman looked out of sorts and was keen to start fresh, but boy did he? No he came back to bowl another of those waist-high full toss and batsman smashed it to mid-wicket boundary for four. Thus, making it three consecutive beamers at the very start on an over and then umpire decided to take him off the attack for the rest of the day, meaning Rehman was reduced to just a fielder.
This was for the third time in this Asia Cup when a bowler was taken off the attack due to a beamer. Indian pacer was the first one and Afghanistan quickie Shapoor Zadran was the second one, interestingly Abdur Rehman is the lone spinner to feature in the list.