Bloemfontein (South Africa): Indian skipper Saurav Ganguly praised umpire Dave Orchard for the rare gesture of recalling a batsman after being adjudged out and urged the empowering of the third umpire to overrule if a wrong call is made in the middle.
After his side registered an emphatic 10-wicket victory over Kenya in a One-day match of the tri-series on Friday, Ganguly said he was happy that Orchard recalled Thomas Obuya after he was told by the third umpire that the batsman was not out. "After he (Obuya) was given out, Orchard was told on his walkie-talkie by third umpire Wilf Diedricks that it was a wrong decision and he had no hesitation in reversing his decision," Ganguly said. Ganguly said he was not consulted but he "did not feel there was any need for it". Though there is no ruling on the issue, conduct demands an umpire must consult the fielding captain before any reversal of decision. Ganguly admitted it would have been a test of character had it been a big game and a win was on line. The Indian skipper, who was given out in controversial circumstances in the second match against South Africa when Jacques Kallis seemed to have taken a catch at second slip but TV replays showed otherwise, said he was in favour of empowering the third umpire to use his jurisdiction in case there was a mess-up in the middle. "I think the third umpire should be empowered to have his say if some wrong decision in the middle is noticed by him... It is only fair to both the teams," the left- hander said. Ganguly refused to dwell too much on the game against Kenya saying it would "not be nice to run down the Kenyans. They have to start somewhere and we need to be patient with such teams." Ganguly praised man-of-the-match Ajit Agarkar saying it was the third game in running when the Mumbai paceman had bowled well. Agarkar impressed with bowling figures of four for 27. "Ajit (Agarkar) is very much a confident player. His bowling well is actually good news for us because it means he could come good in batting and that we can really look forward to in future matches," he said. Coach John Wright said he was pleased with the way Indians fielded. "The gap between the two sides was obvious. But what pleased me was the way we fielded. It was clinical, professional display." Kenyan captain Maurice Odumbe said it was very frustrating to see his team go down in that manner. "But that's what is going to happen if we get to play one match in 10 months. The ICC has given us One-day status and they must ensure we get enough matches as well." Odumbe said his batsmen went into a shell after the loss of a few early wickets. "We have been losing early wickets and openers remain a major concern for us." Extras:
India thrashes Kenya by 10 wickets
India's South African Safari