So Lionel Messi can play cricket. In this advertisement for a company manufacturing nutritional supplements, the Argentine can be seen playing the gentleman's game in Barcelona’s colours. Against a challenger kitted out in yellow, the pint-sized superstar is shown batting first. Sans any protective equipment, Messi starts by hitting the ball for a four on the off-side, with what is clearly a solid bottom hand. The next ball goes for six between long on and mid-wicket. Messi’s score matches the number on his jersey.
Now it’s his turn to bowl.
The 25-year old bowls from both sides of the wicket, only to be smashed for two sixes by the batsman. He does look out of place, to a bunch of his fans watch from the fence. Time for the surprise. Smiling, he tosses the ball, and gives it his trademark left foot. As the batsman gets ready to sweep outside the off-stump, turns out the ‘leggie’ bowled an off-break. Well bowled!
Was that an off-side trap?