WC 2003 - The semi-final walk sits well with me: Gilchrist

Published: Friday, February 14, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney: Australian opener Adam Gilchrist said he was very much aware that the umpire had not given him out in the World Cup match against Sri Lanka, but decided to walk as "something inside" him had told him to do so. Gilchrist had the cricket world rubbing its eyes in disbelieve when he decided to head for the pavilion even though the umpire gave him not out to a caught behind appeal by Aravinda de Silva in the World Cup semi-final. Australian skipper Ricky Ponting later said Gilchrist had probably not seen that umpire Rudi Koertzen was unmoved by the appeal. However, Gilchrist said he had seen Koertzen shake his head but his own conscience had told him to walk."I'd smashed it and I thought 'I should walk off',"Gilchrist was quoted as saying in today's 'The Australian' daily.Gilchrist, who is Australia's vice-captain, said the frustration he felt when Englishmen Nasser Hussain and Michael Vaughan stood their ground during the recent Ashes series even when they were clearly out may have something to do with his decision."Hussain and Vaughan had me thinking a lot about walking or times when players have blatantly nicked the ball, know they have and whether they should walk.""I remember vividly the Boxing Day Test when Nasser Hussain didn't go when Dizzy (Gillespie) claimed to have caught him," Gilchrist said. Hussain had been allowed to stay on because video replays were not conclusive. Gilchrist also recalled a no-walk incident involving Vaughan in the Adelaide Test."I'm not on a crusade to try and get it back to the old days of gentlemen's behaviour but a lot of the time I was thinking, 'I wonder if I'll ever be in a scenario where I'm the batsman and I have to make that decision?'"That situation came up and something inside me said 'walk' so I went. "I saw Rudi give me not out and shake his head, so I just went," Gilchrist said. He made 22.Only West Indian batsman Brian Lara is known to 'walk' if he thinks he is out, even if the umpire does not. "I remember thinking and saying to a few people that there was the perfect opportunity for a player to make a statement."Maybe because it's been in my mind I reacted that way. I don't want to have headlines around the world saying I'm making a stand that players should walk but that's my feelings on the scenario and how I can play the game, hopefully.""There have been times before in my career where I've hit the ball and known it, been given not out and not walked."I'm not totally sure why today, in a World Cup semi-final, I've decided to do otherwise but it sits comfortably with me," Gilchrist said. PTI

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