The history of sports is littered with inspiring stories of injured players receiving devastating injuries but carrying on to see out the match, their bravery subsequently securing a treasured place in their respective code’s folklore.
But this seagull’s incredible Lazarus-like recovery in last night’s Big Bash encounter at the MCG deserves a place alongside South Sydney grand final heroes John Sattler and Sam Burgess, Tiger Woods’ 2008 US Open effort and West Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer playing out the 1970 World Cup semi with a broken clavicle.
The bird was hit by a rocketing pull shot by Perth Scorchers star Adam Voges – and Melbourne Stars fielder Rob Quiney immediately motioned for the feathery customer to be put out of its misery.
Quiney then carried the lifeless gull and placed him outside the boundary.
But soon afterwards, our hero was back on its feet, attracting a massive ovation from the Melbourne crowd. It was like something out of Rocky– pure sporting theatre.
Perhaps not appreciating the shotgun gesturing, the seagull swooped Quiney as he fielded the ball near the boundary just one over later.
For the record, the Stars chalked up a thrilling three-wicket win with three balls to spare thanks to an unbeaten 103 of 64 balls by Melbourne wunderkind Peter Handscomb…but there’s little doubt about who the real star of the show was.