Umpires lack common sense

Written by: Rajesh Krishna
Published: Thursday, March 12, 2009, 11:31 [IST]
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Do umpires lack common sense?

Bangalore : In times of complexity, common sense must prevail. For an international umpire common sense is the basic quality, all other qualities come next. India-New Zealand match on Wednesday once again proved that some the most 'revered' umpires in the ICC panel misses this basic thing. It would have created a big controversy if the rain had continued and  match was called off after 19.2 overs.

After 19.2 overs, India were 76 ahead of the Duckworth-Lewis par score. Just then it started to drizzle. Common sense would dictate that the umpires let them play out the next four deliveries, and let there be an official game. At that point, India had outplayed Kiwis and deserved to win the match. Well these umpires knew that a minimum of 20 to be bowled to constitute a result under the Duckworth-Lewis method

The umpires,, though, went by the principle: when you gotta go, you gotta go. Thankfully the rain relented, but things wouldn't have been pretty if it hadn't.

On Wednesday, Umpires could have robbed a victory which India truly deserved. With increasing commercialization , wrong decisions during critical stage of a match can indeed take the game away which is neither good for the sides playing the game, nor for the game and finally not for the paying spectator.

Set 220 off 36 overs after a Duckworth-Lewis adjustment following four rain delays, India were 201 without loss when rain interrupted play for the fifth and final time with 23.3 overs bowled to hand them a 84 run win.

Virender Sehwag led the way with a magnificent unbeaten 125 - including six sixes and 14 boundaries - and in the absence of injured Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir stepped into the opener's role and added 63 to propel India to a resounding victory.


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