Crowd noise blamed for Sehwag mistake October 11, 2004

Bowden apologises for horror decision

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Billy Bowden has apologised for his horrible lbw decision against Virender Sehwag, despite a clear inside edge, and blamed the noise from the Bangalore crowd for the error.

Bowden, officiating in his first Test in India, was surprised by the ear-splitting atmosphere, which made it almost impossible to hear the nicks, and appealed for understanding after he had been criticised in the local press. "Everybody makes a mistake," Bowden said. "There are ups and downs in everyone's career. You have to move on. This is the first time I'm umpiring under such circumstances and it's just too noisy."

After the match Bowden talked with Sehwag and said "sorry". Sehwag, who was fined 65% of his match fee for showing dissent after the second-innings decision, replied: "It's ok."

Bowden and Steve Bucknor made at least seven incorrect calls during the Test, most of them going against India, but the captain Sourav Ganguly refused to be critical. "You've all seen it on TV," he said. "We understand that, and move forward."