Sydney, Australia: January 6, 2008 - IR Summary, Agencies-NDTV -The Cricket History has leveled a blot on empiring in the second Test between India and Australia here today. It has gone to such a low pitch that Australia’s name, which was used to be taken in the Cricket world as a team of excellent sportsmanship, has shaken the cricket lovers all over the world.
On the line of fire reported to be the two gentlemen on the field putting on the role of umpires.
The whole cricketing world was shocked to see how the two men entirely changed the outcome of the game, which was initially was going in India’s favor. Probably Australia wanted to win this game by fair or foul means and that their strategy was exposed to the cricket lovers on one and hand and on the other, the world at large.
At crucial points of the game, the fatal duo of Buckner and Benson dealt severe blows to Team India.
Now the BCCI has decided to take matter to the International Cricket Council.
The successive wrong decisions by the umpires ostensibly going against Team India have outraged the Netizens too.
They are venting their anger against Steve Buckner and Mark Benson, who made one after another questionable decisions and brought the gentlemen’s game to disrepute.
“BCCI should take up the umpiring issue with the ICC and pressurise to declare the match as null and void,” feels Jagadeeshan from India.
“Steve Bucknor should be booked for racial abuse and not Harbhajan Singh. If Australia is really as good a team (then) they should not depend on the umpires but allow their performance on the field to win matches. They have become an arrogant lot and the sledging on the field that they indulge in is public knowledge,” said Radha from India.
There is no denying the fact that Australia are the world champions and have made history by winning the three consecutive World Cups, but they certainly did not reflect the sportsmanship during the Sydney Test.
Saurav Ganguly was given out, caught by Clarke, but the television replays showed that he had actually grounded the ball during the act of catching. However, when umpire Mark Benson checked with Captain Ricky Ponting, he did not hesitate and said Ganguly was out.
“Team India was cheated out certainly by Ponting & Co with the help of two umpires. Is it another type of match fixing? (It) must be probed,” said Kishor Pathade, India.
Cricket in India is no more only a game. It has acquired a religious significance. Here everything matters, right from Yuvraj’s love life to how he plays on the field.
Therefore, when cricket fans get to see something like Sydney, their reaction is always forthcoming.
“Today India has not lost the Test match but it has lost to a conspiracy of Ponting and his men including two umpires,” said Dilip V Satbhai, India.
So much is the anger of the Netizens that they are calling the Australian team as cheat and that they play with 13 players.
“After years this match reminds me of the old issues in cricket “a team playing with 13 players,” said Prashant Patil, India.
“Last time an umpire made a poor decision (and) that Test was removed from the records (Daryl Hair row). I feel that this Test should also be removed from record since two people, who had no participation in the game, changed the course and reversed the results,” said Sukesh Nair from India.
For the cricket lovers, who eat, sleep and talk cricket, Sydney Test is rather a forgettable chapter and the one which has sparked a debate on the need for a greater role of technology into the game.
Harbhajan Singh has been banned to play three matches for his innocence. This amply proves how low the Australians could go just to keep the self-ego of winning all matches, which is a clear-cut assassination of the pious spirit of the game.
Both empires are likely to be withdrawn, one is being selected from Pakistan and the other is still under consideration. The decision to appoint a new coach of the Indian cricket team is likely to be announced after two days at Bangalore, where BCCI selection committee meeting is being held, the Board secretary Niranjan Shah said.
The third match shall go as per schedule. In short, our Cricket Board lacks guts and has further demoralized our players not by withdrawing from the third test in protest.