Sunday, March 20, 2011

Walking

People cynical of Tendulkar's decision to walk are questioning "This is the first time I have seen him walk ever in his career. Why suddenly put scene now? Maybe he was afraid UDRS would embarrass him"

The question they should be wondering about is - do they remember at least one instance where he did not walk and replays later showed him to be out. I can't ever recall Tendulkar getting lucky that way. Ever. He has been given out many times when he hadn't nicked. In 1997 tour of WI, Cumberbatch the chief among the long list of 'bongu' Windies umpires (and windies umpires are the most 'bongu' in the world) gave him out when the ball hit his shoulder and went to the keeper. And then we also had Umpire Rudy from South Africa rule Tendulkar out in South Africa to a dodgy Jonty Rhodes catch because - in Rudy's words - "Jonty is a true christian and won't lie"

I personally dislike walking. Strongly believe one should not walk. You are out only if the umpire gives you out. So didn't like Tendulkar walking. But this still had to be pointed out.

17 comments:

Soham Shah said...

well, I know one instance when he nicked but not walked .. That was in IPL Final 2010 ..

But being a true sportsman and gentleman, 99% of chances, he will walk ..

But I dont think he will walk when playing against Aus or Pak ..

maha said...

do you have any references for "Jonty is a true christian and won't lie" quote by rudi? i am eager to believe it but unfortunately have been trained to resist hearsay.

Hawkeye said...

maha,

it came in all the TV interviews at that time. it was our tour to SA with sachin as captain and in the ifnal of the tri-nation series that followed. most who watched the series would remember this.

Venkat said...

Against Australia in 2006, he was caught behind, but did not walk. Match was in Malaysia, I think.

Agree that one shouldn't walk.

Anonymous said...

I have seen many times where he nicked and waited for umpire decision. It was indeed the first time he walked voluntarily and it's because of UDRS and Ponting controversy day before.

One example where he didn't walk - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kmk-FWG4-4k

Don't tell he stayed because he didn't it carried properly. Tendulkar knows why the umpire gave him not out. Again I don't blame him for not walking. But it was a surprise that he walked yesterday and reason for that has to be UDRS and/or Ponting controversy.

Not sure if you mix Sachin not Questioning umpire decisions and walk silently accepting it. Both these are different altogether.

Sreekrishnan said...

Hawkeye - Point is not him walking or not walking but making a big deal or anything out of it.

Thats how the game is intended to be played .. and he just played it that way.

Neither is the other way round incorrect- waiting for the umpire when you know you are out. Just like you walk when you are given out - you dont [have to] walk when you are not given out. [So i dont know why Ponting's thing was a huge deal]

Its wrong when you look at the umpire and stare [Non UDRS periods] when he signals out. Saqlain - Delhi Test match - Anil Kumble the bowler - David Shepherd the Umpire.

mashhood said...

Against Australia in 2006, he was caught behind, but did not walk. Match was in Malaysia, I think.

Agree that one shouldn't walk.

Let the umpires decide it....hhahahah

siva said...

i think this time he was definitely not out. I think he got it wrong himself. The ball seemed to be nowhere near the bat.

White Rice Vellachami said...

Tendulkar used to walk but a slew of decisions against him probably took its toll. Like someone mentioned above he didn't walk in Malaysia and he didn't walk against Pakistan in Mohali in 2005. He was on 33 or 34 100s back then and was out when he was in his mid 30s. Unfortunately he got out on 94 and to top it the cruelest of cricket Gods punished him further by giving him out when he wasn't (Thank you, Steve Bucknor) in the Eden Gardens test when he was blazing away in the 2nd innings (got 52 I think).

I don't think Windies umpires were the biggest bongu umpires. They are just plain bad in my opinion (Like De Silva or Bucknor-post eyesight loss). Biggest bongu umpires are Aussie umpires at least before Simon Taufel gave them a good name.

I think a batsman should walk but I won't call him a cheater if he doesn't walk like some (many??) holier than thou fans.

White Rice Vellachami said...

Although I must say everything is becoming a news of 9/11 proportions these days. I think this 24 hour news channel crap is the reason for it. They have absolutely nothing to show or tell for almost 22 hours every day but have to run the channel for advertisers sake and every thing is news. Tendulkar walks is 2 hour discussion among a "youth", a retired cricketer, an oooooooooooooooold man on the fone, and an anchor who'll never let the panel speak.

Now I know why we had just DD News in Tamizh at 8.30 and English news at 9 everyday.

PS: I don't think Tendulkar is as appavi as his fans make him out to be. Though he isn't as cunning as say Brett Favre (best example I could think of sorry) or Jose Mourinho, I think he is a very calculated dude who knows how to use/influence the media. I know no one will believe this but the way he acted on not getting the opener's spot before the 2003 World Cup (That disastrous NZ tour) will always be etched in my memory.

Anonymous said...

Blame this on Indian television's drama quotient. Ponting not walking and the subsequent media overdrive contributed to this.

- KP

Anonymous said...

sachin is not a known 'walker' like lara or gilchrisht.. but to say that he walked becos of UDRS is silly.. Sachin didn't even look at the umpire when the ump was shaking his head.. He knew he knicked it and probably thought its a no-brainer.. Its usually an 'at that moment' decision that makes people walk.. Its not a pre-planned or rehearsed decision to walk where in sachin says to himself that I'm going to walk because UDRS will brand me as a cheat.. BTW, I remember the Jonty Rhodes catch and I think the catch stood but the match was abandoned due to rain but played the following day.. This was back in 96 or 97...Also, since we and the media follow each and every move that Sachin makes, We know that Sachin has been on the receiving end of plenty of wrong decisions.. I think the one you are referring to is the 97' Desert storm in Sharjah where he scored 140+ runs and was given out when he was hit on the shoulder..

I think batsmen should walk for obvious dismissals.. I've seen people wait for the umpire for a catch in 2nd slip... Those are the ones who should be fined or yelled at...
BTW, Why does Cricket need to have 'Gentleman' behaviour only for Batsmen?? Don't bowlers constantly appeal for balls pitching outside leg? Do opposition captains call back batsmen even if they know that the batsman is not out? I feel 50% of the catches caught at forward short leg or silly point is off the pad, but teams still appeal in a way to get a wrong decision from the ump.. When such is the nature of the game why can't batsmen stay until the umpire makes the call for close-calls?

-BA

Anonymous said...

He did not walk in the recent test match against SA where he nicked the very first ball of the day. He went on to make a century.

White Rice Vellachami said...

BTW, Why does Cricket need to have 'Gentleman' behaviour only for Batsmen?? Don't bowlers constantly appeal for balls pitching outside leg? Do opposition captains call back batsmen even if they know that the batsman is not out? I feel 50% of the catches caught at forward short leg or silly point is off the pad, but teams still appeal in a way to get a wrong decision from the ump.. When such is the nature of the game why can't batsmen stay until the umpire makes the call for close-calls?

+1 Adds strength to my conviction that cricket has hardly been a gentleman's game for at least 3 decades.

Anonymous said...

In the final of IPL2010, tendulkar nicked a ball from Raina to Dhoni and didn't walk. I don't think even Gilchrist would walk if it's a world cup final. A player shouldn't be judged by whether he chose to walk or not.

SathyaRam said...

I dont think Tendulkar has walked in the past. He has waited for umpire's decision which is right. May be he was not that lucky but Tendulkar always prefers to see the umpire before deciding.

Anonymous said...

One good reason to review is to check whether the bowler overstepped .. but, sometimes one may have to fight against "nature" and not walk for some obvious nicks ..

-sr