• Peter Handscomb finally reveals about his heroic knock in Chittagong

    I was just getting nailed heat-wise from both the ground and the sky: Handscomb

    Peter Handscomb of Australia
    Peter Handscomb of Australia walks off. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

    Australian middle order batsman Peter Handscomb finally came out and revealed in detail about the marvellous innings he played in the Second Test match at Chittagong. Together with David Warner, he stitched a stellar partnership, helping his team seize the upper hand in the match and make a comeback in the series.

    During the innings, he collapsed due to dehydration and needed an ice pack to be applied to his head with the physio tending to him for nearly twenty minutes. The innings reminded one and all about Dean Jones‘ heroics at Chennai where he felt dizzy and then vomited on the side of the pitch but scored a double century.

    Prior to the start of the match, incessant rains helped the surface gather moisture which evaporated due to the heat during day’s play. Therefore, the batsmen were trapped with humidity and heat coming from all directions. As a result, Handscomb suffered from severe dehydration.

    Handscomb collapsed on the field during his innings of 82

    “It was just ridiculously hot. Even though the temperatures may have been the late 30s, which is something we’re quite used to in Australia because it had been raining on the days leading up to the game the heat was basically coming from underneath you, coming out of the ground because the water was evaporating,” disclosed Peter Handscomb according to cricket.co.au.

    “I was just getting nailed heat-wise from both the ground and the sky and couldn’t get enough fluids in to make myself feel better, and then if I drunk a little bit too much I started to feel sick. We fielded first in both games, so already you’re pretty cooked going into your first batting innings. Just standing out there in that heat, that sun – it takes it out of you,” added the Victorian.

    “At each break, I had to change all my clothes because they were just drenched with sweat. I’m just a natural sweater … it was just taking it out of you and you couldn’t replace the water you were losing,” concluded the 26-year-old.