English cricketer Liam Thomas kept calm and carried on after losing his artificial leg during the final of a tournament for people with physical disability in Dubai last week.
Thomas, 22, dived for a ball during England Physical Disabilities team’s game against Pakistan on October 24 when his artificial leg became loose and went flying.
“It just happened, really. I was sprinting for the ball, put my hand out, hit the deck hard and the next thing I know I stood up and had no leg,” Thomas said. “I didn’t know whether to grab the leg or get the ball in. I decided to go for the ball.”
Thomas blamed the Dubai heat for expanding the leg’s socket and causing it to loosen. Thomas, who was born with a disability, said his teammates appreciated and enjoyed his effort. “Having a disability, we all take the fun out of each other a little bit, we all have each others’ backs, so we are all trying to give each other grief when something like that happens,” he said.
Despite his best efforts, England lost the final by three wickets. Thomas said he hopes the attention his performance is receiving helps raise the profile of the sport.