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Is this the funniest run out ever?

ESPNcricinfo staff
April 27, 2013

It must surely rank as one of the funniest run-outs in cricket history.

As much as Samit Patel, Nottinghamshire's England allrounder, might have wished the footage would never get out, it was bound to get onto YouTube before too long.

Samit Patel's run-out against Derbyshire in the Championship match at Trent Bridge was one of those moments when the batsman just had to put personal embarrassment aside and accept that his team-mates could do nothing else but laugh.

"Samit Slips over!" is fast becoming the cricket video of the moment. As Stuart Broad, Patel's England and Notts team-mate, remarked on Twitter: "Who put that banana in the middle of the wicket? A must watch."

Broad told Steve Davies, the Surrey and England keeper, on Twitter how he had to pad up immediately after Patel's dismissal, trying to act professionally but with tears rolling down his face.

Davies called the video "comfortably the funniest thing I have ever seen." Chris Tremlett, another Surrey and England man, termed it "priceless" and there were comments from the outer that the heavy roller had returned to county cricket.

Jon Culley, reporting for ESPNcricinfo from Derby, had sought to record the run out with more gravitas, merely calling Patel's downfall "unfortunate", although he did point out that Patel should have been run out for an earlier stumble when the fielder running in, Billy Godleman, missed the stumps from five yards.

As for England, they might be tempted to remind Patel that it would not be quite so funny if it happened in the closing stages of a Champions Trophy final.

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