Over the course of a sporting career spanning almost a quarter of a century, Sachin Tendulkar was a victim to several umpiring howlers. Unfortunately, there was no comprehensive and uniform usage of Decision Review System (DRS) during Tendulkar’s career, and the master faced the brunt of some of the worst umpiring decisions against him.
But Tendulkar never reacted in a wild manner or created a scene. He just walked away, either with a smile, or a hint of disappointment on his face. It just added to the respect that the cricketing world had for Tendulkar.
Many of cricket’s most renowned umpires have including the likes of Steve Bucknor, Simon Taufel, Ian Gould, Aleem Dar have been guilty of handing out a wrong decision against Tendulkar.
There have been more than 30 instances where Tendulkar was given a wrong decision by the umpire, but in this article, let us look at the 5 worst umpiring decisions handed out against him.
#5 Caught behind off the arm guard?
This incident took place in the year 2007, when India took on England in a seven-match ODI Series. Tendulkar was at his splendid best in the match, and was batting on 99, when an extremely rough decision was given against him.
Andrew Flintoff bowled an explosive bouncer, the ball brushed Tendulkar’s arm guard and a diving Matt Prior caught it. And, much to the dismay of the Master Blaster, Ian Gould lifted the dreaded finger. The reaction of Tendulkar showed what a great gentleman he was.
He just stood there for as few seconds, in sheer disbelief, then gave a smile, and walked back. Surely, a hundred missed due to an umpiring howler.