Australia v Sri Lanka 2010-11 October 20, 2010

No-ball controversy a distant memory for Murali

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Muttiah Muralitharan has forgiven the umpire Darrell Hair and forgotten the no-ball call that threatened to derail his career. Murali was the victim at the 1995-96 Boxing Day Test but went on to take a record 800 Test wickets before retiring in July.

"I have forgiven [Hair] and forgotten," Murali told the Courier-Mail. "I had been very upset with him but I have let it go. I am not upset with him. People do make mistakes and I think he made a mistake. My action has been cleared. But I'm not going to look at the past any more."

Murali is back in Australia for a limited-overs series and his team-mates are excited to have him as they look to next year's World Cup. The campaign involves a Twenty20 international and three ODIs, and Murali knows what to expect from a small segment of local supporters.

"It has been a bit difficult here for me sometimes but mainly it has just been one or two people in the crowd saying some things," he said. "That is part of the game and as a sportsman you just have to accept that some people just don't like you.

"What I really didn't like was the comments [the former prime minister John] Howard made [in 2004]. That was why I didn't come on the next tour here. From someone in his position, that was worse than anything the crowd said." The incident was blamed as one of reasons Howard was not appointed as ICC vice-president in June.

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  • Philip_Gnana on October 26, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    What maturity Murali has shown here. No vindictiveness at all nor defense. Looking forward and not looking back. What an ambassador for cricket. I truly hope that Murali will have at least this last series in Oz, trouble or incident free..at least mostly. The big hitting Aussies no longer there and this should give all a good chance to perform even better. Jaya and Sanga need to really shoulder and carry the team though so that the young guns can perform better . Murali, we need a last hoorah in Aussie land..Rise Sir Murali. New Malden, Surrey

  • cricket_fan_1 on October 25, 2010, 6:28 GMT

    @W.Garrett: Why do you need to bring India into this? Have an open mind and enjoy cricket.

  • cricket_fan_1 on October 25, 2010, 3:19 GMT

    unfortunately, even people such as Hair are not able to bring people, players and officials from the subcontinent on the same ground, because the differences are political and so deep rooted. It needs the brave to live in the present and enjoy the present and forgive the past like Murali has done.

  • Aussie_Mike on October 25, 2010, 3:13 GMT

    Hair always spoke his heart, he did what he felt was right.

  • Hanscar on October 24, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    Gotta love the comment - "People do make mistakes and I think he made a mistake." Speaks volume of the man who can move on from such an event and be one of the greatest, if not THE GREATEST bowler in test cricket. And he's humble enough to say himself that he ranks Warne as the no. 1 spinner in test cricket. He's a real gentleman in the game and it will be sad day when he retires from all forms of cricket. Cant wait to watch Murali live during this Australian tour to salute not just a great sportsman, but as he has shown during his career, he's an amazing human being who is able to rise above anything.

  • RohanMarkJay on October 24, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    Also why people picking on first Murali the Man and two Murali's action especially in Australia? Its quite pathetic really. Cricket indeed all sports are not played by robots. It is played by human being who are individuals with their own particular uniqueness and ways. Lets remember one thing hair isn't the first or last person who is officiating in a sports contest who hasn't made a mistake. Mistakes by officials happen all the time in soccer, rugby tennis. In some cases mistakes by officials has caused the loss to nations of world cups and the break up of careers of sportsman. There is no doubt however that Darrel Hair made a huge mistake in 1995 and almost ended the career of one of the more talented sportsman of the modern era. Why can't people accept that Darrel Hair made a big officiating mistake. Murali has shown enough magnaminity to forgive him. Its over now. He came though it, Murali has had a great career and his name and records will stand forever. Get over yourselves.

  • RohanMarkJay on October 24, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    Great to see Murali Back in Australia even if it is for a short tour. I would just like to take this opportunity to congratulate Murali on all the great services he has done for Cricket on the field with his amazing bowling performances over the years and as a great humanitarian off it. . Also he really is statistivally the Bradman of spin bowling after he called time on his career in june 2010, but it could have been a career that would have ended in 1995 if a certain Mr Hair got his way, the game and cricket fans would have been denied 15 years of spin wizadry and unbelievable skill that propelled Sri Lanka for a time to the upper echelons of Test Cricket and it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.A true gentleman of the sport to rank with all the gents who have played in the past I for one salute his magnificent career as a Test Match Bowler. Thanks for the memories and great entertainment you have given to cricket enthusiasts not just in Sri Lanka but everywhere.Thank You Murali.

  • on October 23, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    An Australian called Sir Don Bradman, never believed Murali was a chucker! Proof: Sydney Morning Herald newspaper- http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/12/04/1101923389044.html (END OF ARGUMENTS)

  • on October 23, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    AND ignorant fools, there is a difference between "bent arm" and "bending the arm" during delivering the ball - only the later can be defined as "throwing" and Murali DOES NOT BEND HIS ARM during delivery. And so many experts, including that Prof. Bruce Ellliot of University of Western Australia and commentators Ian Chappell and Tony Greig have repeatedly said Murali is a wrist spinner and so he cant bend his arm during the delivery, which would be possible in the case of a finger spinner - If you are a spin bowler, you will understand what they are talking about, but if you are a dummy, then God help you !

  • LALITHKURUWITA on October 23, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    I need tough competitive cricket. I do not care who wins. I also need SL drums, SL music, SL songs & other SL entertainments at Sydney Cricket ground on 05-11-10. Please all SL supporters, come with wearing your SL Jersey, SL Cap, Banners, Flags and most importantly, The Sri Lankan Flag. Make SCG like your own ground in Sri Lanka. Also after the match please all gather outside the ground and play drums, sing and dance for 2 hours. We do not get this opportunity every year. ( Remember we did last time in 2008) Go Lions go go !!!!

  • Philip_Gnana on October 26, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    What maturity Murali has shown here. No vindictiveness at all nor defense. Looking forward and not looking back. What an ambassador for cricket. I truly hope that Murali will have at least this last series in Oz, trouble or incident free..at least mostly. The big hitting Aussies no longer there and this should give all a good chance to perform even better. Jaya and Sanga need to really shoulder and carry the team though so that the young guns can perform better . Murali, we need a last hoorah in Aussie land..Rise Sir Murali. New Malden, Surrey

  • cricket_fan_1 on October 25, 2010, 6:28 GMT

    @W.Garrett: Why do you need to bring India into this? Have an open mind and enjoy cricket.

  • cricket_fan_1 on October 25, 2010, 3:19 GMT

    unfortunately, even people such as Hair are not able to bring people, players and officials from the subcontinent on the same ground, because the differences are political and so deep rooted. It needs the brave to live in the present and enjoy the present and forgive the past like Murali has done.

  • Aussie_Mike on October 25, 2010, 3:13 GMT

    Hair always spoke his heart, he did what he felt was right.

  • Hanscar on October 24, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    Gotta love the comment - "People do make mistakes and I think he made a mistake." Speaks volume of the man who can move on from such an event and be one of the greatest, if not THE GREATEST bowler in test cricket. And he's humble enough to say himself that he ranks Warne as the no. 1 spinner in test cricket. He's a real gentleman in the game and it will be sad day when he retires from all forms of cricket. Cant wait to watch Murali live during this Australian tour to salute not just a great sportsman, but as he has shown during his career, he's an amazing human being who is able to rise above anything.

  • RohanMarkJay on October 24, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    Also why people picking on first Murali the Man and two Murali's action especially in Australia? Its quite pathetic really. Cricket indeed all sports are not played by robots. It is played by human being who are individuals with their own particular uniqueness and ways. Lets remember one thing hair isn't the first or last person who is officiating in a sports contest who hasn't made a mistake. Mistakes by officials happen all the time in soccer, rugby tennis. In some cases mistakes by officials has caused the loss to nations of world cups and the break up of careers of sportsman. There is no doubt however that Darrel Hair made a huge mistake in 1995 and almost ended the career of one of the more talented sportsman of the modern era. Why can't people accept that Darrel Hair made a big officiating mistake. Murali has shown enough magnaminity to forgive him. Its over now. He came though it, Murali has had a great career and his name and records will stand forever. Get over yourselves.

  • RohanMarkJay on October 24, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    Great to see Murali Back in Australia even if it is for a short tour. I would just like to take this opportunity to congratulate Murali on all the great services he has done for Cricket on the field with his amazing bowling performances over the years and as a great humanitarian off it. . Also he really is statistivally the Bradman of spin bowling after he called time on his career in june 2010, but it could have been a career that would have ended in 1995 if a certain Mr Hair got his way, the game and cricket fans would have been denied 15 years of spin wizadry and unbelievable skill that propelled Sri Lanka for a time to the upper echelons of Test Cricket and it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.A true gentleman of the sport to rank with all the gents who have played in the past I for one salute his magnificent career as a Test Match Bowler. Thanks for the memories and great entertainment you have given to cricket enthusiasts not just in Sri Lanka but everywhere.Thank You Murali.

  • on October 23, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    An Australian called Sir Don Bradman, never believed Murali was a chucker! Proof: Sydney Morning Herald newspaper- http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/12/04/1101923389044.html (END OF ARGUMENTS)

  • on October 23, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    AND ignorant fools, there is a difference between "bent arm" and "bending the arm" during delivering the ball - only the later can be defined as "throwing" and Murali DOES NOT BEND HIS ARM during delivery. And so many experts, including that Prof. Bruce Ellliot of University of Western Australia and commentators Ian Chappell and Tony Greig have repeatedly said Murali is a wrist spinner and so he cant bend his arm during the delivery, which would be possible in the case of a finger spinner - If you are a spin bowler, you will understand what they are talking about, but if you are a dummy, then God help you !

  • LALITHKURUWITA on October 23, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    I need tough competitive cricket. I do not care who wins. I also need SL drums, SL music, SL songs & other SL entertainments at Sydney Cricket ground on 05-11-10. Please all SL supporters, come with wearing your SL Jersey, SL Cap, Banners, Flags and most importantly, The Sri Lankan Flag. Make SCG like your own ground in Sri Lanka. Also after the match please all gather outside the ground and play drums, sing and dance for 2 hours. We do not get this opportunity every year. ( Remember we did last time in 2008) Go Lions go go !!!!

  • pakwellwisher on October 22, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    Get ready for a white wash aussies, look what has happened to queensland. Your team cant beat an easy team like India whom he whop everytime if u cant beat india u surely cant beat Sri lanka coz we r better and you can then come up with excuses like Murali's action.

  • on October 22, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    Firstly why the hell was Hair watching Murali's arm, not his front foot.....When a bowler is delivering, that is when he lands his front foot as well. i certainly think it was a predetermined move on his part...... and common people..... John Howard is just an arrogant aussi, who lives in da past.

  • Lion_of_Lanka on October 22, 2010, 11:50 GMT

    No point arguing with people who doesn't lack the sufficient intellect to understand why Murali was cleared along with 99% bowlers. Whther you crybabie like it or not, Murali is the highest wickettaker in ODI & Test, he is the greatest bowler ever 9Wisden-bible of cricket) and the Bradman of bowling (Steve Waugh)

  • on October 22, 2010, 11:26 GMT

    To Marcio. If Hair was following the rules that existed at that time then what aii the other umpires were doing. Were they not following the rules or were they cheating? He was called a racist because he had problems only with Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India. His attitude was completely different with Australia, England, New Zealand etc. ahassan

  • Porterhouse on October 22, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    No balll.

    Love Murali but he does chuck the doosra.

    Darrell Hair stood up for the rules against chuckers and ball tamperers, take it!

  • Porterhouse on October 22, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    No balll.

    Love Murali but he does chuck the doosra.

    Darrell Hair stood up for the rules against chuckers and ball tamperers, take it!

  • on October 22, 2010, 3:15 GMT

    Murali should hav take Jhon Harward 2 the court, he don hav any ri8 2 comment on cricketers actions. Aussies, Europians think they are 1st class suppirrior people and Asians are 2nd class lower ppl , B cuz Asians hav less welth than them. When it comz 2 ethics Westerners r dogs. They cant see Asians go abov them. When S. Wane was banded 4 2yrs, Murali was crozin 4 500 mark. Then they reduce da wane's ban 4 1yer an allow him 2 play 2 grab 500 be4 Murali.

  • ramz_01 on October 22, 2010, 2:51 GMT

    hmmm y most ppl says hair done his job? y those ppl talk hair s correct wont talk abt da mistakes he made? hw cn head umpire cl chuckiing?? if he lookin @ bowlers arm hw cn he look @ bowlers front foot??? if murali chuking while bowling off spin hw umpire cl him chucking while he is bowling leg spin??? if he correct while cling murali chucking hw ross emerson cl him chucking whn he iz in leg umpire position? still u ppl things hair is correct? still u guys dnt think this all pre plaind? nd all ppls say icc changed da law to alow murali to play i hav to ask them wt made icc to do so? what kind of power SL hav in cricket world other then cricket talent?? do SL hav power like india australia or engalnd hav?? most ppl hav jelous of da talent hav poor country like SL.datz da nly reason i think.

  • LakmalPhysics on October 21, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    We (Sri Lankans) have no doubt about Murali's action. There is no need of putting a well cleaned cloth, in the washer again and again. Muralis bowling action Paradox is very similar to Schrödinger's Cat Paradox. Looks like, most of the rest of the world (other than Sri Lankans) still accept Copenhagen Interpretation.

    FYI: Schrödinger's Cat Paradox: We place a living cat into a steel chamber, along with a device containing a vial of hydrocyanic acid. There is, in the chamber, a very small amount of a radioactive substance. If even a single atom of the substance decays during the test period, a relay mechanism will trip a hammer, which will, in turn, break the vial and kill the cat. The Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics implies that after a while, the cat is simultaneously alive and dead. Yet, when we look in the box, we see the cat either alive or dead, not both alive and dead.

  • maruti123 on October 21, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    Hey Nicky Martini why don't you know your facts before you talk . Murali action has been cleared and that is it . His bowling is legal and you don't have any right to call his action has illegal . Good you stay away from cricket cos you don't know anything about cricket . He is the best off spin bowler world will ever see.

  • Marcio on October 21, 2010, 12:53 GMT

    @ Kasun, you are being simplistic in saying people hate Murali. I certainly don't hate him. Good luck to the guy. He was fortunate to play in a politically sensitive time when the political climate made it a no-go to find fault with players from former colonial countries. The reality is that he would have been banned if he'd come through in an earlier era. So, that must be a good thing for SL, no? The administrators bent the rules for him, and for that all the white guys get beaten up, as usual. Whatever a white guy does in the eyes of many from the sub-continent, he is bad. Personally, I think Murali chucks a lot of his deliveries. That's just my opinion. And you have to admit: some of those photos of him with his arm bent at 90 degrees, you have to have doubts. It's not about hate for me, just genuine skepticism. But in the end, I'm just a little guy sitting behind a computer. All the best to Murali and SL.

  • nickymartini on October 21, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    dear murali, you've "forgiven" hair?? what about the fact that at the time, your action was illegal? and are you also going to apologise to the other umpires that called you? you'd have alot more apologies to hand out if most of the other umpires in the world actually had some balls. i know its not your fault you were born that way, but if your body cant fit in with the laws of cricket, then you need to find another sport.

    world cricket has been a farce thanks to the BCCI (oops i meant ICC) changing the bowling laws for one single player. what an absolute joke. and now the corruption... i certainly wont be getting my kids into cricket

  • on October 21, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    After reading the comments here and asking for real facts from some people I understood something.Some people think they are GODs and they think that they are the only ones who know what is right and all else are fools.So there is no point trying to prove what is already proven.These pathetic guys need to get a life.If they want to call Murali a chucker,let them cry out till their lungs come out.They will never see the truth.Because people who has a head on their shoulders and have studied the matter knows the truth.So let the fools be happy and let them have their sweet little opinion.

    @Everyone who is trying to correct these guys - Guys,you will never succeed.We all need to follow the great man.He answered everyone with his talent and humanity.We don't have to do anything.We were lucky enough to walk on this earth on a time of a true champion, a privilege which our children will not get.Remember this "NEVER ARGUE WITH A FOOL,PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW THE DIFFERENCE".

  • on October 21, 2010, 7:17 GMT

    People say Hair was only doing his job, and he was a great umpire. If he thinks someone can throw a leg-spin, then he really has no clue about bowling does he? Hence it makes him a bad umpire. Having a unorthodox bowling action doesn't mean they have to be called for no-balls.. Hair was fixed on what his decision was going to be, and didn't have the common sense to think it through. Is it stupidity or bullying? Either one of those you choose, makes him a bad umpire. Sorry that I had to spell it out to you. @marcio, its not about bending the elbow, its about straightening it. Murali's elbow cant be fully straightened. Hair knew this, so why call it if he wasn't 100% sure? and for a legspin?

  • on October 21, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    Why lot of people hate Murali?

  • Mannix16 on October 21, 2010, 4:48 GMT

    I am honestly sick and tired over the "debate" whether Murali chucks or not. He has been cleared by the ICC twice btw and that is with the best technological equipments there was to be offered. The most expensive technology in the world says he does not chuck but an average joe uses his "trained eyes" and tells that he does? Ok..... that really makes sense....... Its like looking in microscope and giving you proof cells exist, but that your eyes can't see it and it doesn't make sense with your brain so it mustn't be there. Guys use your common sense... Its like seeing lbw decision and firmly saying that it is not out but when you see hawk eye it is crashing in between middle and off, yet you still say it is not out....

  • Marcio on October 21, 2010, 4:08 GMT

    The other thing is that some folks here act all upset that Murali was called, as if his action was not the problem. Just look at the way he bowls! It's a very unorthodox action which LOOKS LIKE he is throwing, even if you argue he isn't. Saying that this is racism or something is just stupid. Nobody called Imran Khan or Bishen Bedi a chucker because they had flawless actions. Simple. Why don't they call Malinga? The reason is simple: he has an unorthodox action but doesn't bend the elbow. It's so easy to cite racism, because you can't disprove it (that would require mindreading). This controversy has its roots in the victim/conspiracy culture which still permeates much of former colonial societies.

  • Marcio on October 21, 2010, 3:57 GMT

    There is nothing to forgive. Hair was just enforcing the rules of cricket as they existed at that time. The administrators then went and changed the rules so that Muralii could play, and then sacked Hair to appease those seeking blood. Maybe it's Hair that should be asked if he has forgiven. Murali was given a free pass to keep bowling, so I don't see what he has to be angry about. Loss of face, maybe?

  • Rooboy on October 21, 2010, 3:08 GMT

    How ridiculous. Forgive a guy just for doing his job?! Murali really does think he is bigger than the game itself, which is quite an indictment on his attitude. @dsachit - how often do Australian fans whine on and on about decisions from 15 years ago? Given the way many fans from the subcontinent react whenever anything doesn't go their way, I think it's quite clear who the true childish sulkers are! @Gayajith Niwanthaka Maddumarala - I think it's the Aussie batsmen who will be laughing about murali doing a farewell tour, since he gets smashed every time he plays down here.

  • on October 21, 2010, 1:30 GMT

    To bharath74. How can anybody rate an umpire as top class when his decisions raise so many cotroversies. When he accused Pakistan of ball tempering very sophisticated cameras were being used. Murali's actin was also judged with very sophisticated machines, he was cleared and Hair was proved wrong. ahassan

  • bharath74 on October 20, 2010, 19:59 GMT

    Forget about Murali bowling action bcos his hand is not normal like most of us, it is also same with akthar. Ball tampering was done by almost every team as cameras were not sophisticated to record it. Darryl Hair,instead of accusing only Pakistan of ball tampering; he should have raised the issue with ICC and forced them to amend strict rules. His umpiring was top class! it would have been better if he could have avoided controversies.

  • LeoisthenewLara on October 20, 2010, 19:45 GMT

    I agree with Murali that John Howard in his position was an idiot for saying what he said and was totally out of order, but I agree with some here who think Murali is being a bit OTT here in relation to 'forgiving' Hair. Like Hair or not, the fact is he was under the rules at the time calling it like he saw it. Therein lies the problem. You can't with the naked eye see that Murali is not (regularly) chucking under the new rules, just as you can't see with the naked eye that McGrath was chucking under the old rules. So, under the old rules it did look like he was chucking and the umpire was entitled to call him for it. Whether Hair was biased or not or just not a nice guy is another issue, but rules wise he was within his right. @bridget01 - if you are seriously suggesting that the rules were changed to avoid scandal and just for Murali's sake, then you are calling Michael Holding a LIAR. Now, if you knew anything about cricket, you'd realise that's like saying WG never had a beard.

  • 9ST9 on October 20, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    the whole issue brought out the childish side of the aussies. they paint an image of toughness but deep down they are : "Mummy he's not playing fair!!!!...I'm gonna sulk.." types.

  • mcji5sa2 on October 20, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    if murali is a chucker why didn't daryl hair call every ball he bowled a no-ball???

  • waspsting on October 20, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    under the rules of the day, the umpire only had to have "doubts" about the action to call it for chucking. i don't think Murali chucks (its a waste of time to argue about it with anyone who disagrees) - but acknowledge that it is a possiblity. given the times, i think Hair was within his rights. Was VERY SURPRISED at the fuss when it was found that Mcgrath and Pollock chucked under the old law. It was bloody obvious to me from watching replays that they both chucked, and Lee and Akthar were the worst ones of the lot.

  • on October 20, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    Murali has copped criticism over his whole career, and his still managed to come through and act as a champion that he is, he's an amazing bowler and people who do criticise him are just sore losers.

  • luwieg on October 20, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    @ Something_Witty and co... 1 Murali's stock ball was not the reason the rules were changed. in 1995/96 his off spinner was cleared (as being within the limit) by the ICC and an Australian university. trust science mate not your emotions 2 when the rules were changed after 2001 it was b coz murali's doosra was over the limit (again he didn't bowl the doosra back when hair called him in 95/96) BUT that was also after testing all bowler at the ICC champions trophy in England in which they found that 99% of all bowlers went over the limit. that was coz the limits of 5 and 10 degrees for bowlers was an arbitrary figure without any science behind it. although Murali might have been the reason the investigation on all bowlers was conducted he was not the reason they changed the law. Selective memory is not a good thing MATE.

  • Something_Witty on October 20, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    This is absurd. Hair did absolutely NOTHING wrong. ALL he did was call a chucker for chucking. People seem to forget that at the time, Murali's action WAS MOST DEFINITELY counted as a chuck. The rules were changed AFTER the incident, so he has done nothing that needs forgiving.

  • Lion_of_Lanka on October 20, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    Hey Aussies in case you didn't know, the rules were changed to accommodate 99% of the bowlers including your darlings McGrath & Lee not only Murali. Sour grapes Aussies still can't admit the fact that Murali is the greatest bowler ever. Even your former captain Steve Waugh called him the Bradman of bowling.

  • bridget01 on October 20, 2010, 11:27 GMT

    boo hoo, don't call Murali a chucker! It's not nice!! The ICC folded under pressure to allow Murali's action to be legal. Forget about any scientific studies....even when we were kids playing cricket at school or in the back yard...if anyone came onto bowl and started chucking...they were told so in quick order and asked to get off....everyone knows it's obvious when someone chucks, it's stands out. Everyone knows Murali chucks, everyone knows the rules were changed to avoid scandal. Everyone knows all the other chuckers(like botha) getting around now have Murali and the ICC to thank for their awesome chucking careers... Pathetic

  • auggie on October 20, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    Cricket Umpires, Football referees, linesmen... they all make mistakes. Its not easy to call right all the while. Some though call what they dont see and then its vindictive. Only Hair knows what he saw or what he didnt see! Controversy will always rule as long as umpires, refs, etc are human. I expect, if cricket survives as a sport in the future, that a robot like ( R2D2 ) device steered by an improved hawk-eye technic will replace todays human umpires. No chance for cheating, mistakes or controversy then. And oh! Forgive is the wrong word to use Murali! It sounds a bit pompous! You should have droped the forgive part and just said 'forget'.

  • on October 20, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    Viraj, I'm absolutely with you on that one. There were a lot of chuckers that weren't called at all and Hair's umpiring by contrast was always creative and Aussie-friendly (South Africans well remember how he help the Aussies tie the 1993 series over there).

    McGrath certainly didn't chuck everything, but he had one stock delivery that he used effectively against Gary Kirsten from around the wicket that bounced more than usual; I think that we can rest assured that Darryl would never have called that!

  • on October 20, 2010, 9:06 GMT

    any one who call murali a chucker shows how little he knows abt cricket , law was not change to let murali bowl it was change because they found out all the bowlers were exceeding the allowed limits of rotation of arm I think sarwan of WI was the only one who was bowling within the allowed rules, so if murali is a chucker then every bowler is chucker ,

  • on October 20, 2010, 8:54 GMT

    Daryl Hair & Aussies failed to stop murali,take it!

  • on October 20, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    @bridget01 and @Alburger2000- Murali only increases 10 degrees when he is bowling the doosra according to the Australian university that did the study on his bowling.(I repeat only when bowling the doosra.). Hair called him before he mastered the doosra. That means he called him for bowling his off spinners,which is perfectly within the old rules.So get your facts straight before you post comments.He clearly made a mistake.

  • FairMinded on October 20, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    Thanks to this bending of rules, now we cannot compare bowlers of pre-chucking era and current era. May be if Prasanna, Bedi, Venkat, Warne, Kumble, Tony Lock etc were allowed to chuck right from childhood, they too would have crossed some bigger landmarks. Who knows...

  • dean2010 on October 20, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    To all you nut-heads and half nut-heads that have no clue about the intricacies of spin-bowling and the issues involving Murali and Darrel Hair. Shame on you for not understanding the subject but willing to comment your views without actually thinking about the subject a bit deeper. Murali is forgiving umpire Darrel Hair for one reason - because he was unfairly no-balled. You might say that umpire Hair was "doing his job" or something to that extent. However on THAT day, he clearly was NOT. Here is the reason: even when Murali bowled leg-spin (as instructed by Ranatunga), which can NOT be chucked, Hair called it as a no-ball! was Hair doing his job by looking at the bowlers action in this instance? CLEARLY NOT! was he just assuming that murali was chucking that ball as well? probably yes. Therefore, Hair clearly had an agenda to no-ball murali regardless of the action! If Hair was a true gentleman, he would have the magnanimity to admit his mistakes and apologise to the great-spinner.

  • FairMinded on October 20, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    Forgiven? Murali? I thought it was for Hair to forgive the cricket authorities for being spineless and bending the rules to accomodate a playerwho clearly violated the rule book. Instead of bringing other chuckers to book, they changed the rule to make chucking legal!

  • evenflow_1990 on October 20, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    the man nearly destroyed murali's career. even if murali's action was wrong, it'd still hurt his feelings to be humiliated that way. when they did tests it was proven that all players straighten their arms to a degree - so it became a question of placing a degree limit. murali fit into this limit and so is completely legal in his action. this mean hair was factually incorrect to call murali as a thrower. hence murali shows great humanity in forgiving him.

  • on October 20, 2010, 7:20 GMT

    McGrath, Brett Lee and Jason Gillespie .. They all straightened their arms more than what was said in the old rules. If anyone is calling Murali a chucker, they are calling these people chuckers as well.

    According to biomechanics, the naked eye only picks up chucking if its over 15 degrees of straightening. So all the above bowlers including Murali was in one group.

    So the mistakes Hair made were.. 1. He wouldn't have seen the accurate degree of straightening of Murali's arm with his naked eye. And ignorant to the fact that Murali has a permanently bent elbow which gave the optical illusion.

    2. If his eyes could pick up under 15 degrees of straightening because he's superman, Why didnt he call McGrath, Lee or Gilliespie for no-balls?

    I think Hair was an unintelligent, ignorant bully.

  • CrackerDaddy on October 20, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    For all those Murali opposers...Just think, puase a bit and think again....the reason that you think that Murali chucks. It has been cleared by the Greatest of Cricketing body in the world, ICC but all your Couch Potatoes that hardly play this game got a bigger verdict than them....pretty funny to say the least. Although, everyone is entitle for their opinion it is not ethical and hilarious. Sometimes in life what you see is not what it is, so learn how to appreciate the differences, he should not be blame for being different. We called such people Genius, for changing the norm...

  • on October 20, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    Murali Forgiven Hair...That means Hair actually done a mistake,isn't it? However this is a real slap for Australian crowd on their face as Murali doing his farewell tour to the country which wanted to stop his carrier 15 yrs ago.Murali must be laughing his AO about this and it'll be great if he can win this series for SL by himself.

  • ABdareVinniers on October 20, 2010, 5:03 GMT

    Anyone...try chuck it and get 800 wickets that way. Impossible. Even if Murali chucks (which will definitely be said by people for as long as he lives) getting wickets through doing so isn't easy by any stretch of imagination.

  • Ozcricketwriter on October 20, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    Shame on you Darrell Hair. You brought disgrace to the game.

  • ozNoz on October 20, 2010, 4:20 GMT

    "Forgiven him" for what? You chucked it, and you probably know you did. Your action may have been 'cleared' afterwards, but he saw a no ball and called it. Get over yourself.

  • on October 20, 2010, 4:20 GMT

    Howard no-balling Murli snow-balled into cricket no-boarding Howard!! Poetic justice, that..

  • bridget01 on October 20, 2010, 3:37 GMT

    Hair called it as he saw it. The same as most people saw it. Murali forgiving Hair for doing his job...that's funny. Murali the victim.......I think Darryl Hair has probably suffered more over the long term. The reality is Murali got away with chucking then and as a result the rule were changed to accomodate him. Best chucker in the world....maybe they should have 2 sets of bowling records - one for guys that throw and one for guys that bowl......

  • Alburger2000 on October 20, 2010, 3:28 GMT

    Hair never made a mistake. At the time it was illegal to straighten your arm during your delivery, which Muarali does. it has only been thanks to a change to the rule that has allowed for the 15 degrees of flex that Murali now finds himself bowling within the laws of the game.

  • TATTUs on October 20, 2010, 3:21 GMT

    What is it about forgiving? Umpire did his duty and was right in doing so. He deserves praise for being bold. Forgetting is another thing.

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  • TATTUs on October 20, 2010, 3:21 GMT

    What is it about forgiving? Umpire did his duty and was right in doing so. He deserves praise for being bold. Forgetting is another thing.

  • Alburger2000 on October 20, 2010, 3:28 GMT

    Hair never made a mistake. At the time it was illegal to straighten your arm during your delivery, which Muarali does. it has only been thanks to a change to the rule that has allowed for the 15 degrees of flex that Murali now finds himself bowling within the laws of the game.

  • bridget01 on October 20, 2010, 3:37 GMT

    Hair called it as he saw it. The same as most people saw it. Murali forgiving Hair for doing his job...that's funny. Murali the victim.......I think Darryl Hair has probably suffered more over the long term. The reality is Murali got away with chucking then and as a result the rule were changed to accomodate him. Best chucker in the world....maybe they should have 2 sets of bowling records - one for guys that throw and one for guys that bowl......

  • on October 20, 2010, 4:20 GMT

    Howard no-balling Murli snow-balled into cricket no-boarding Howard!! Poetic justice, that..

  • ozNoz on October 20, 2010, 4:20 GMT

    "Forgiven him" for what? You chucked it, and you probably know you did. Your action may have been 'cleared' afterwards, but he saw a no ball and called it. Get over yourself.

  • Ozcricketwriter on October 20, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    Shame on you Darrell Hair. You brought disgrace to the game.

  • ABdareVinniers on October 20, 2010, 5:03 GMT

    Anyone...try chuck it and get 800 wickets that way. Impossible. Even if Murali chucks (which will definitely be said by people for as long as he lives) getting wickets through doing so isn't easy by any stretch of imagination.

  • on October 20, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    Murali Forgiven Hair...That means Hair actually done a mistake,isn't it? However this is a real slap for Australian crowd on their face as Murali doing his farewell tour to the country which wanted to stop his carrier 15 yrs ago.Murali must be laughing his AO about this and it'll be great if he can win this series for SL by himself.

  • CrackerDaddy on October 20, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    For all those Murali opposers...Just think, puase a bit and think again....the reason that you think that Murali chucks. It has been cleared by the Greatest of Cricketing body in the world, ICC but all your Couch Potatoes that hardly play this game got a bigger verdict than them....pretty funny to say the least. Although, everyone is entitle for their opinion it is not ethical and hilarious. Sometimes in life what you see is not what it is, so learn how to appreciate the differences, he should not be blame for being different. We called such people Genius, for changing the norm...

  • on October 20, 2010, 7:20 GMT

    McGrath, Brett Lee and Jason Gillespie .. They all straightened their arms more than what was said in the old rules. If anyone is calling Murali a chucker, they are calling these people chuckers as well.

    According to biomechanics, the naked eye only picks up chucking if its over 15 degrees of straightening. So all the above bowlers including Murali was in one group.

    So the mistakes Hair made were.. 1. He wouldn't have seen the accurate degree of straightening of Murali's arm with his naked eye. And ignorant to the fact that Murali has a permanently bent elbow which gave the optical illusion.

    2. If his eyes could pick up under 15 degrees of straightening because he's superman, Why didnt he call McGrath, Lee or Gilliespie for no-balls?

    I think Hair was an unintelligent, ignorant bully.