England tour of India - Cricket: England still ruing umpiring decision

Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2002, 1:51 [IST]
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New Delhi: A day after the eight-wicket thrashing, England was still harping on a debatable umpiring decision in favour of master batsman Sachin Tendulkar, which it felt, could have altered the course of the match in Kanpur on Monday.Fast bowler Darren Gough on Tuesday joined his skipper NasserHussain in echoing the sentiments of the team, saying everyonefelt Tendulkar had snicked the first ball of the innings to the wicket-keeper."I think there was a strong case (for Tendulkar being given out). Everyone (in the team) believed it that way," said the bowler who would have been credited with Tendulkar's wicket had the decision gone in England's favour. "It could easily have been a different game."Hussain had also said on Monday it would have been a much closer game had Tendulkar been given out.Tendulkar went on to play a majestic unbeaten knock of 87 to fashion India's comprehensive win and enable a 3-1 lead for the hosts in the six-match series."He played brilliantly yesterday. There isn't anyone who can play shots like those," Gough said."He just keeps going. He is not like most other players who seem to tire... who after reaching 60-70 go red in their face, swinging their cap with sweat pouring from their faces."He doesn't seem to bother even when he doesn't get a single for a few balls. He just keeps going. He knows he will get a boundary in the next 3-4 deliveries," he said. PTI

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