While we thought India's obsession with black magic was a little stifling, here we have Pakistani batsman Haris Sohail claiming he'd been under the spell of the dark arts, after the first test in South Africa. Yes, this sounds exactly how you've read it!
Sohail said black magic was the cause behind his knee injury, which he succumbed to during Pakistan's tour in South Africa, after which he was forced to return to his hometown in Pakistan. The batsman has been suffering with a knee injury and he was unable to perform after the first test match of the series.
The country is anyway getting flak for losing the series after the first two matches and now to add more insult to injury (injury being the operative word here), their batsman fled the scene while believing unnatural forces were ruining his game and his knee. After returning from South Africa, the batsman did not go to a rehabilitation camp, to take care of the 'issue' but went straight to his hometown, Sialkot, in Pakistan. It has been alleged though that the batsman has been undergoing some amount of mental stress and that could be the reason behind this absurd irrationality.
The management did not reveal the real reason behind him quitting the series, to the public, as Sohail seemed very anxious about it. In fact, this isn't the first time Sohail has left a match citing superstitious reasons. Back in 2015, while touring New Zealand, Sohail changed rooms in the hotel he was staying at, saying there were supernatural forces present there and was later ruled out due to an injury. Maybe, just maybe Sohail is clairvoyant? Let's not judge him too quickly, shall we?
Well, he may think someone is using black magic on him at his dreary expense but at the end of the day we suppose he should keep it more real and maybe get the someone to check his injured knee out.