Watch: Mark Nicholas claims David Warner with the commentator’s curse
Updated - Nov 4, 2016 7:28 am
Commentator’s curse is not a myth. It exists for real. The sceptics might disagree. But, the miffed Australia fans have a proof of it. The ongoing opening Test between Australia and South Africa witnessed a bizarre incident where commentator Mark Nicholas became a subject of disappointment among the home fans for his statistical talk about Warner’ success while batting in the 90’s.
Australians, after bowling out the South Africans yesterday for a modest total of 242 on day 1 at WACA, got off to a swift start, riding on the explosive batting show from David Warner. The left-hander batsman blasted an unbeaten on 75 runs off 62 balls as the Australians ended day 1 in total command sitting at 105 for no loss.
The opening pair of Warner and Shaun Marsh continued had not simmered down and continued from where they left. Everything was working in favour of the duo. Both were literally toying with the Proteas bowling attack. However, the 14th over of the day witnessed the commentator’s curse happen which left the Shane Warne in complete distraught over Mark Nicholas in the commentary box.
Warner was batting on 97 and was looking well on course to reach yet another century at Perth. Meanwhile, in the commendatory box, Mark Nicholas and Shane Warne were on air and were quite excited by Warner’s performance. Nicholas was full of praise of Warner and stated that the Vice captain had been never dismissed in the 90s in Test matches.
Unfortunately, the very next ball Warner nicked a length delivery from Steyn to the first slip where Hashim Amla took a decent catch. The batsman was pretty dejected on missing out. But what caught the viewers’ eyes was the disbelief in the commentary box immediately after the dismissal.
Warne was shocked over what had happened and slammed his thighs and stood up. The Australians innings later went on a downward spiral as they were quickly bundled out for just 244 just at the stroke of Tea.