A lot of people have labeled Vaughan’s freak dismissal in the second innings as “unlucky”. Freak dismissal? Yes. Unlucky?? I don’t think so!
I can think of several ways you can get out where the term unlucky could apply:
- Umpire giving you out, while you actually are not
- You got out because of a freakish bounce in the pitch (caused either by a strategically placed jelly bean or because of the general nature of the pitch)
- The ball ricocheted from a fielder’s helmet and you were out caught
- You are playing book cricket and you picked a page ending with a zero!
Unfortunately, Vaughan’s dismissal does not fall into any of these categories. It was caused by the fact that he did not play the shot properly or the ball was quicker than he expected. Or both.