Discover the jaw-dropping truth behind Shadab Khan’s unexpected cricket injury and the incredible twist that followed.
In a dramatic turn of events on the cricket field, Pakistani all-rounder Shadab Khan made an unexpected exit during the game against South Africa at Chennai’s Chepauk Stadium on October 27. The second innings witnessed an astonishing incident when Shadab, in an attempt to make a throw, lost his balance and tumbled awkwardly to the ground. The immediate consensus was that he had injured his shoulder.
However, the power of modern technology quickly came into play, as instant video replays shed new light on the situation. To everyone’s surprise, it was not a shoulder injury that plagued Shadab, but rather a case of whiplash, an injury to the neck caused by rapid back-and-forth movement, resembling the snap of a whip.
In response to Shadab’s condition, Pakistan sought a concussion substitute, a request that received approval from the match referee. This led to the entry of leg-spinner Usama Mir as Shadab’s replacement for the remainder of the match.
Shadab had displayed his cricketing prowess earlier in the game, contributing a stellar performance in the first innings against the Proteas. He notched up an impressive 43 runs from 36 balls, including three boundaries and two powerful sixes.
Shadab Khan‘s partnership with Saul Shakeel, which garnered 84 runs, played a pivotal role in Pakistan’s first-innings score of 270, following the dismissal of skipper Babar Azam.
With two victories out of their initial five matches in the 2023 World Cup, Pakistan had their sights set on a triumph against South Africa to keep their hopes of progressing to the knockout stages alive.