Melbourne Renegades’ Afghani star Mohammad Nabi was accidentally responsible for one of the great moments of the nascent Big Bash season last night.
Nabi told Fox Cricket’s sideline reporter Sarah Jones that he didn’t know who Dan Christian is — despite having just shared a 94 run partnership with him.
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“How impressed were you with Dan considering he was in hospital this morning?” Jones asked Nabi.
“…Who?” Nabi responded.
“Dan Christian had been in hospital this morning he was crook,” Jones replied.
“I don’t know who that is sorry, but God give him good health!” Nabi replied.
Nabi’s misunderstanding is a bit more reasonable when you consider that English isn’t his first language and that Christian had only flown in from South Africa on Wednesday, a day before the Renegades’ first game.
Christian and Nabi were responsible for one of the great BBL comebacks, coming together with the Renegades in awful strife at 5/82 chasing 175 in the 12th over.
They took the Strikers apart in a destructive, match-winning stand, sticking on 94 runs from just 48 balls, including one of the biggest sixes ever seen at Adelaide Oval.
Remarkably Christian had been in hospital with severe food poisoning in the morning before his match-winning 49 off 27, having fallen victim to some suspect seafood.
"I was a bit crook this morning … just a dodgy prawn, I think," Christian said.
"So I just went in for a bit of hydration and a jab to stop myself from feeling sick.
The Renegades have started the BBL season 2-0, while the Strikers have a win and a loss from their two opening matches.
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