Storified by Pitch Invasion ·
Mon, Oct 22 2012 05:05:18
How bad are the Indian umpires if they can't make it into this list of elite umpires?
We understand human errors and difficult decisions made by the naked eye but when 'elite' umpires make mistakes in interpreting simple Laws of the game, it becomes ridiculous.
With the advent of DRS, we have seen many third umpires confused by what they see in replays. Sometimes its just lack of common sense. In the DD v Scorchers game, with Delhi chasing more than run-a-ball in the last couple of overs, Nile got an edge off Naman Ojha which was taken by the keeper. The umpires checked for the no ball and there was no problem with the front foot. And Ojha was declared out. But the back foot had clearly cut the return crease. And, as per the law, the no-ball was as clear as Rohit Sharma's talent. And, yet, it was too difficult a decision for the third umpire to get right.
Animated discussions with KP and Eric Simmons notwithstanding, the reserve umpire felt he needed to justify the errors of the man with the buttons to push.
For far too long, cricketer-turned-commentators have been expounding this theory that a batsman looks behind only if he has got an edge. There've been cricketers so smart that they had trained themselves not to look behind under any circumstances. In fact, former Pakistan middle order batsman Ijaz Ahmed was so good at it that, even if he edged one to third slip, his reaction would make it look like he just missed it. And there are those stupid enough to look back even when they cream a ball through point. Naman Ojha falls in the latter. And here we were thinking that as a wicketkeeper he'll have more sense than that.
During the Delhi chase, Naman Ojha looked like he got an edge and turned back to see the keeper collect the ball. Loud appeals notwithstanding, Asad Rauf remained unmoved. Sunil Gavaskar on air, with all the confidence in the world, said that a batsman will look back only if he has edged it and since Ojha had looked back it was certain that he had edged it. Replays showed that he hadn't. The very next ball, Ojha looked back again. And this time the bat wasn't even close to the ball.
Sunny Bhai ka bolti band! But not for too long, I guess. What's that saying about the dog and its curved tail?
How many of you remember Ajit Agarkar winning the man of the match? I've seen almost all cricket since he made his debut and I, for one, can't recall any. Sure he must have won a few. After all he played for India for nine years, and playing for that long without winning a man of the match has to be an achievement beyond Agarkar's capabilities. But no memory of him winning the man of the match that has stuck.
But yesterday was one day that needs to be preserved in a time capsule. Ajit Agarkar was the man of the match in Delhi's win over the Scorchers. WTF! No we are not lying. Agarkar finished with 2-14 off his 4 overs. He took a catch and then came back with the bat to score some crucial boundaries to take DD over the finish line.
If that wasn't enough, in the second game, Balaji finished with figures of 4-19 in his 4. WTF!