#4 How High is it, Mr. Bucknor?
This incident took place at the Gabba in the year 2003-04. Tendulkar was batting on zero, and Gillespie bowled the ball on a good length, that took off, and hit Tendulkar high in his pad. And, as the ball hit the pad, and the Aussies went for the appeal, Tony Grieg exclaimed on air, “No. Too much bounce, too much bounce."
But then much to the dismay of Tendulkar, Steve Bucknor raised the finger, and Greig exclaimed again “ Oh No!. That’s a dreadful decision. There was no way that was going to hit the stumps.”
The replays suggested that the ball would have gone at least 6 inches above the stumps.
And again, Tendulkar for a moment, was shocked, but then, he silently tucked the bat under his arm, and walked off.
#3 The sound you heard was bat hitting pad, Mr. Dar!
This took place during India’s ODI tour of England in the year 2007. Again it was Flintoff who was the bowler. The series was poised extremely well at 3-3, and the final match of the series was eagerly anticipated by the fans.
Tendulkar was batting on 30, when another dreadful decision was given against him. This time, the umpire found guilty is Aleem Dar.
Flintoff ran in, and bowled an absolute peach of a delivery on off stump. It beat Tendulkar and went into the hands of Matt Prior. There was a thin sound, but that was of the bat hitting pad. In fact, when the ball went past the bat, the bat and the ball were nowhere close.
But then, Dar raised the finger,much to the dismay of Tendulkar and the Indian fans. After the replay of the incident was aired on the giant screen, Dar was booed for the howler he had given the Master.Published 23 Apr 2019, 18:06 IST