Watch: Australia’s Rodney Hogg lost his cool after being run-out by Javed Miandad off a no-ball against Pakistan at the MCG in 1979.
The incident took place during the first Test between Australia and Pakistan in the 1978/79 season. Australia had put Pakistan in to bat, and bowled them out for a paltry 196. In response, the young Australians lost wickets at regular intervals, and stood at 152-7 when Hogg walked out to bat.
He added 15 runs with Dav Whatmore before the aforementioned incident took place. He defended a ball off Pakistan fast bowler Sarfaraz Nawaz, which was deemed to be a front-foot no-ball by the umpires.
The ball rolled into the off-side even as Hogg walked down the wicket to tap his bat on the pitch. Miandad, who was stood at short-leg, quickly hopped across the pitch, collected the ball, flicked off the bails and appealed to the umpires.
Initially, Hogg was unaware as to what had happened, and turned around to see Miandad appealing for his wicket. He looked towards the square-leg umpire and started walking off reluctantly after being given out. However, soon it seemed as if the Pakistan skipper Mushtaq Mohammad had recalled the batter to his crease.
He walked back and stood by the stumps, even as the umpires discussed the matter at hand. A few moments later, they decided that the correct call had been taken and gave Hogg out again.
Hogg was clearly miffed at this call, even as the Pakistan skipper seemed to suggest that he couldn’t do much about the decision of the umpires.
The commentators on the air said, “The only way decision can be changed now if Mushtaq decides to withdraw the appeal.”
They were still discussing if this was the right thing to do, when Hogg, peeved at the entire sequence of events, turned around and connected his willow with the stumps, sending two of them cartwheeling.
The commentators were stunned at what had happened. “Rodney Hogg, you’ve a lost a great amount… millions of viewers are watching this. Rodney Hogg, you are wrong, you are absolutely wrong, and it is the correct decision. Sorry, sir, but you have left a little dirty taste in a lot of people’s mouth.”
The game is a famous one for other reasons. Both teams supplied an improved display in the second innings, with Majid Khan’s century setting up a chase of 381 for Australia, and the hosts seemingly on course when a hundred from Allan Border and 86 from Kim Hughes drove them 305-3. It was then that Sarfaraz Nawaz turned the game around with one of the most famous displays of swing bowling there has ever been, finishing with figures of 9-86 – the other wicket was a run out – as Australia lost seven wickets for five runs, with five of those seven being ducks.