Controversial umpiring calls are nothing new in cricket with plenty of hotly debated moments during its long history. These calls not just make the real matches thrilling but also the fantasy cricket matches.
So, let explore some of the most controversial calls and have fun playing the online fantasy cricket at 11wickets App:
England awarded test match
Darrell Hair and Billy Doctrove awarded five penalty runs to England team after Pakistan cricket team was charged with ball-tampering during a 2006 test. Pointless to say, Pakistani skipper, Inzamam-ul-Haq plead not guilty and declined to agree the charges made on his team.
The visitors denied playing after the tea break in protest hoping the umpires would upturn their decision. At the time England were 4/298 in their second innings and still trailed Pakistan’s first innings total of 504 by 33 runs.
Finally, the protest ended nearly an hour later but the umpires had removed the bails and declared England the winners of the test.
One of the controversial figures of cricket during his almost twenty-year Sri Lankan career, Muttiah Muralitharan and his bowling action was the burning topic in the 1995 Boxing Day Test. Once more it was Darrell Hair having called a no ball seven times on the confidence that Muralitharan’s action was unlawful. After much talk, the Sri Lankan bowler was forced to work from the other end where Steve Dunn was managing without further occurrence.
Dean Jones run out
A few call it poor sportsmanship; others call it playing within the law. Whichever side you take, you have to feel for Australian batsmen Dean Jones who was given out in a harsh twist of fate.
Jones was bowled by Courtney Walsh but the delivery was named a no-ball, at that point sparing Jones’s blushes but the batsman was now walking back to the pavilion not realising he was actually safe. Carl Hooper, sensed a chance, ran in and hit down middle stump, Jones was given out and debate of the ‘fairness’ of the situation raged once more.
Body before wicket
Good judgment for a batsman facing a dam of bouncers is to duck under them. Sachin Tendulkar followed that wise advice at the Adelaide Oval in 1999 but he, like many, got a big shock when a short ball did not rise the way he anticipated.
The ball hit Tendulkar on the shoulder on course for the stumps and the Australians appealed for an LBW, even though it wasn’t a leg. Umpire Daryll Harper gave Tendulkar out and countless were left to go and double check the Laws of Cricket to check it was a genuine dismissal.
Chris Broad’s Double Blow
Broad did not have the best run of luck in the span of a few months in 1987, being on the end of a couple of weird moments against Pakistan cricket team. In England during a series in July, on the second ball he faced, Broad took his hand off his bat as a ball went through to the keeper. The ball struck his loose hand and he was wrongly given out according to cricket laws.
In November, during England’s tour, he was again given out caught behind in spite of replays showing the ball had missed his bat by inches. He declined to walk and after some heated talks with the umpire, was finally convinced to walk by Graham Gooch.
Australia vs. India Second Test
A test that still remains in the minds of numerous for the Harbhajan Singh racism claims made by Andrew Symonds also had its share of debatable calls. Much of the criticism encircled Steve Bucknor who was winding down an astral career and his partner for the match Mark Benson. While both sides felt hurt by some of the decisions, media reports suggested that the Indian side were on the receiving end of more strict calls.
During the first innings, Ricky Ponting was saved after Benson missed him edging the ball to Indian keeper M.S. Dhoni before later being given out LBW in spite of edging the ball. Up next Andrew Symonds got three lucky decisions from Bucknor and third umpire Bruce Oxenford.
During India’s first innings, Wassim Jaffer could have argued he was dismissed off a no ball but replays proved to be indecisive on Brett Lee’s foot. Lee and then Michael Clarke would later be denied what seemed to be plumb LBWs, Clarke missing a chance to claim Tendulkar who would go on to score 154*
As the test moved towards a result with both teams in their second innings, more controversy ensued. Michael Hussey was given two lifelines on his way to an undefeated 145. As India chased a questionable victory, they were dealt two blows as Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid were controversially given out. Ganguly with the most debated decision as Ponting was giving his view to the umpire.
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