Indian Team let their frustration out through stump mic over unlucky review

Indian Team let their frustration out through stump mic over unlucky review

A tense India vs Pakistan World Cup match. Sachin Tendulkar at the crease. Saeed Ajmal bowls. Tendulkar misses the sweep and the whole Pakistan team goes up in appeal, looks quite plumb. Tendulkar reviews it more in hope than belief, and the ball is missing the stump somehow. Tendulkar survives. 

This incident from 2011 World Cup would had become an issue if the Pakistan team had let their frustration out through aggressive reactions or verbally in stump mic. India had no complaints since the decision was in their favour. Every Indian was relieved, in the dugout, in the dressing room. 

Take a latest incident. In the Mumbai Test between India and New Zealand, when, Cheteshwar Pujara was hit below knee by Ajaz Patel and was declared out. Pujara believed he had hit the ball, which was not the case according to the replays, but the ball was shown going over the stumps. No one from the Indian dugout had any problems.

Incidents like this happen every now and then in cricket. It’s a matter of luck. Sometimes the pendulum of luck swings either your way or the opposition’s. Toss itself is a luck factor. So, this aspect of game must be accepted without blaming anyone.

Today, at Cape Town, Indian team set a very disgraceful example of sportsmanship spirit. Aggression to win the game is understandable, but you don’t blame the broadcasters for it. Or potray yourself as the victims.

What Happened exactly?

It was in the 21st over of the final innings of the game, with South Africa on 60 for 1 chasing 212 to win the series, when R Ashwin hit Elgar on the pads. South Africa’s captain was given out lbw by on-field umpire Marais Erasmus, but the decision was overturned on review with ball-tracking showing the ball going over the stumps.

Kohli, livid over the unlucky decision, walked up to the stumps, and spoke into the mic, saying, “Focus on your team while they shine the ball. Not just the opposition. Trying to catch people all the time.” KL Rahul, the vice-captain, made it worse by saying, “It’s the whole country against 11 guys.” And Ashwin seemed to be addressing the broadcasters directly when he said, “You should find better ways to win, SuperSport.”

Indian Bowling Coach has his say on the incident
Paras Mhambrey, the bowling coach, said in his press conference, “We saw it, you saw it. I’ll leave that for the match referee to have a look at it. There’s nothing I can comment on it now. We’ve seen it all, just want to move on with the game now.”
 
When asked if the Indian players were suggesting the broadcasters were manipulating the review, Mhambrey said, “Every individual out here is trying his best. Sometimes in a moment like this, people do say certain things. It’s a game. I think it’s fair we just move on. Everyone is trying their best. Emotions do come into play sometimes.”

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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