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#6 Rahul Dravid's Caught Behind decision in Sydney - 2008

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The most contentious test match in the history of cricket. There were complaints on racial abuse, issues with playing in the spirit of the game but the umpiring howlers that went against India was quite unbelievable. The cricket that was played over five days were literally forgotten as the on-field incidents took centre stage and rocked the headlines.

India was asked to chase 333 in 70 overs and lost 3 wickets for 59. Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly resurrected the innings with a composed 61 run stand. When it seemed that India had weathered the storm, he was given caught behind by umpire Mark Benson when there was daylight between bat and ball. Even though Dravid shook his head in disbelief, he had to go make the long walk back.

#5 Sourav Ganguly's slip catch in Sydney - 2008

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If India were jolted to see the back of Rahul Dravid to a howler, Sourav Ganguly's decision was one of the poorest displays of umpiring ever seen in cricket which erupted a massive controversy.

Ganguly who was India's last hope to save the test match edged a Brett Lee outswinger to Michael Clarke at second slip and it seemed like a bump-ball. Clarke vociferously appealed along with other members and Australian captain Ricky Ponting suggested to umpire Mark Benson that it was out.

Mark Benson without consulting the third umpire took the captain's word and ruled Ganguly out. Commentators were furious with what happened and India even threatened to abandon the tour after the Test match was over.

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