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#8 Sachin Tendulkar's LBW decision in Perth - 2008

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In the wake of the contentious Sydney Test, India made a spirited comeback in Perth and Anil Kumble's men showed the grit and temperament. After having won the toss and opting to bat, Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar were in the midst of a well composed century stand with both batsmen having made well-compiled fifties.

When Tendulkar reached 71, he was struck above the knee-roll to Brett Lee's sharp in-swinger. Even though he was stuck in line with the stumps, the ball would not have disturbed the woodwork considering the bounce in Perth. However, to everyone's amazement, umpire Asad Rauf raised his finger and Tendulkar had to banish his plans of scoring a second Test hundred in Perth.

#7 Sunil Gavaskar's LBW decision in Melbourne - 1981

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One of India's famous test victories in Australia, where they won by 59 runs defending a paltry 143 was masked by a controversy over an lbw decision. India had their backs to the wall when they had conceded a 182 run lead to Australia in the first innings. Captain Sunil Gavaskar and Chetan Chauhan got off to a promising start and India had notched 165 runs for the opening wicket.


When all was going too well for India, Gavaskar (70) was struck in line with the stumps of a Lillee in-swinger and umpire Rex Whitehead ruled him out by not noticing the big inside-edge. Protesting the decision, Indian captain vehemently threatened to walk-off along with his opening partner. However, sense prevailed when the Indian team manager controlled the situation well.

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