The sports world is full of unfortunate — and embarrassing — injuries. Who could forget former Washington Redskins quarterback Gus Frerotte headbutting a wall during a Sunday Night Football game against the New York Giants in 1997? Or one-time Arizona Cardinals kicker Bill Gramatica tearing his ACL while celebrating a field goal against those same G-Men in 2001? There was also the plight of Kendrys Morales. The then-Los Angeles Angels slugger missed nearly two years after breaking his leg in a freak accident following a walkoff grand slam in 2010. But those mishaps were all self-inflicted. The case of cricket players Brad Haddin and James Faulkner was something different — but no less awkward.
With the Australian national team facing India in the first of seven matchups between the two nations, an overzealous Faulkner attempted to high five Haddin. But instead, the bowler inadvertently poked the wicketkeeper in the left eye, resulting in a most unfortunate injury. Haddin had to leave the game to receive treatment on a scratch to the eye and missed a significant portion of the match (which the side from Down Under won in an upset). "How embarrassing is that? We couldn't even get our high fives right," captain George Bailey joked afterwards. "What about just a handshake? Just take it back to 'well bowled'." Haddin is expected to be back in action for the second match Wednesday.
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