Australia v India, CB Series, Sydney February 26, 2012

David Hussey in handling-the-ball incident

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David Hussey came close to being given out handling the ball/obstructing the field, but the umpires ruled him not out under laws that remain open to interpretation. The incident led to a three-minute break in play and evoked differing opinions among former players; while Ian Chappell and Tony Greig thought he was out, Ravi Shastri and Sanjay Manjrekar thought he wasn't.

In the 24th over of the Australian innings, Matthew Wade pushed to cover for a single, and Hussey ran towards the danger end. As he approached the striker's end, he stuck his hand out - apparently in self-preservation because the ball could have hit him - and India appealed as soon as the contact was made.

The umpires - Simon Taufel at square leg and Billy Bowden - conferred for about three minutes to arrive at the not-out verdict. This case didn't fall under last year's addition to Law 37, which states a batsman can be given out obstructing the field if he changes his direction while running and comes in the way of a throw. Because Hussey didn't change his direction, this appeal, in all likelihood, fell under either the old obstruction law or the handling the ball rule.

Law 33, which deals with handling the ball, says: "(a) Either batsman is out Handled the ball if he wilfully touches the ball while in play with a hand or hands not holding the bat unless he does so with the consent of a fielder. (b) Either batsman is out under this Law if, while the ball is in play, and without the consent of a fielder, he uses his hand or hands not holding the bat to return the ball to any fielder."

There is a provision, an escape clause in Law 33, though: "Notwithstanding 1(a) above, a batsman will not be out under this Law if he handles the ball to avoid injury."

Law 37, which deals with obstruction, says: "Either batsman is out Obstructing the field if he wilfully obstructs or distracts the fielding side by word or action. Furthermore, it shall be regarded as obstruction if while the ball is in play either batsman wilfully, and without the consent of a fielder, strikes the ball with his bat or person, other than a hand not holding the bat, after the ball has been touched by a fielder. This shall apply whether or not there is any disadvantage to the fielding side."

In all likelihood, based on the evidence so far, Hussey was deemed to be avoiding injury. If the umpires interpreted it that way, the right decision was taken, but it will be interesting to learn how they and the teams viewed it. That the law is open to interpretation confuses things further.

There have been only two instances of batsmen being given out handling the ball in ODI cricket: Mohinder Amarnath, an India selector now, and Daryll Cullinan. Those two, though, were given out when they handled the ball bowled at them, so had Hussey been given out here it would have been a first.

Only three batsmen have been given out obstructing the field in ODIs. Amarnath features on that list too, given out "kicking the ball" with two fielders converging on it, joined by Ramiz Raja, who was trying a second to reach his hundred with a couple off the last ball of an innings, and Inzamam-ul-Haq, who patted back a defensive shot at a throw from mid-off.

Edited by Siddarth Ravindran

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on February 28, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    This should have been out, and - like Tendulker, it was out too -- Umpires made a mistake not giving Hussy out either. This Series sure has had some controversal things!

  • RyanSmith on February 28, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    What were Hussey's options? He is completely entitled to run a straight line to make his ground (which he did). So that is ok. If you watch the replay you'll see that the path of the ball was going to directly intersect with where he was running so there are a couple of things he could do. He could stop running comlpletely so that the throw missed him (but in that case he almost certainly would have been run out) so he didn't choose that option understandably. He could have keep running at full pace (if you watch you'll see he actually slowed down a bit) but the ball would have certainly hit him in the mid rift. (He would have been in but he risked having a couple of broken ribs, or hurting an elbow etc) OR according to the laws of cricket he is ENTITLED to handle the ball (with his hand) if he is attempting to avoid injury. He certainly has a case for that. He was watching the ball and made sure he got his hand in the way to avoid being hit by the throw. By cricket law he is not out!

  • silly_mid_on on February 27, 2012, 23:41 GMT

    I'm a former QCA umpire. In my mind Hussey was definitely out Obstructing the field, and if not then handled the ball. Either way he's out.

  • Tumbarumbar on February 27, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    Hussey had under .3 of a second to react to a ball thrown straight at him. I can see how he made up his mind to cleverly deflect the ball away from the stumps in that massive amount of time. No doubt many of the people claiming it was a deliberate action, including the incredibly silly Australian commentator and ex captain Mark Taylor whose opinion in the commentary box varies widely from from his former actions in the field, are capable of processing information at faster than light speed but David Hussey hails from Earth rather than the planet Krypton. What really irks me is that I know if it had been Sachin in the same position there would be claims that the fielder deliberately threw the ball at him! As for the Brett Lee thing, cast your minds back a few games and Raina was complaining because the batsmen were getting in his way while getting returning to their creases when he was trying to field the ball

  • bobmartin on February 27, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    The trouble with this incident is that what you see what you want to see...Obviously biased Indian supporters see it differently to biased Australians, altho it is interesting to note that the TV commentators saw it differently to what the majority of the two sets of supporters did.. My take, for what it's worth, is that the umpires saw it from a neutral point of view, or indeed, they should have done because that is their job and they decided that Hussey used his hand to avoid being hit by the ball. Being an ex-umpire myself and having viewed the replay several times, I'm inclined to go along with the opinion of two of the most highly regarded umpires in the business. Not out. If anybody is in any doubt about the decision... check the scorecard.. No amount of whining, whinging, conjecture or hypothesis is going to change it, so live with it and move on...

  • CricketFanInLosAngles on February 27, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    David was definitely obstructing the ball that that was likely to reach the wickets before him. Whether he did it intentionally or not that can be debated. He did push his hand more than he needed to. In my opinion, he should have been given out.

    Lee was intentionally in Tendulkar's path and he is a smart enough ( or should I say cunning) cricketer to do it innocently. He had no reason to be in Tendulkar's path.

    Definitely the umpires erred in both decisions. Tough luck to India though. They do not deserve to be in the final anyways. With all the in-fighting that is going on.

  • Nish_US on February 27, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    Another controversial rule is mankading... If the keeper can stump the batsmen, for not behind the crease when the ball is live.... then why can't the bowler do the same to the non-striker.... In both cases, both of them are trying to gain undue advantage by being out of the crease.... Why is one a Valid out and the other a controversy.... Any thoughts?

  • Nish_US on February 27, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Like in soccer - It should not matter how/why it happened... But if it happens, then it is out.

    In soccer, no one bothers if the player willfully or unknowingly touched the ball by hand... If the player touches the ball by hand, it is a penalty... May be the opposition if it is too clever and accurate, they can just kick the ball right into the player's hand.. and get a penalty..

    Human interpretation of such things.. will be different from one person to another.. one umpire to another, one captain to another....

    Leave such decisions to.. rule of thumb and leave the human factor out..

    Unless you think cricket needs the controversy to keep itself alive....

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on February 27, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    Why do you stick your hand out towards a projectile that's away from your body? If you want to protect yourself, then logically you keep your hands to yourself covering the parts of the body that a projectile is coming towards. Whoever that ruled David Hussey as notout was wrong. I support Dhoni on that front. That's my take on David Hussey's incident.

  • 360review on February 27, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    I am sure if BCCI and Dhoni had allowed DRS, nothing of this would have happened ;)

  • on February 28, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    This should have been out, and - like Tendulker, it was out too -- Umpires made a mistake not giving Hussy out either. This Series sure has had some controversal things!

  • RyanSmith on February 28, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    What were Hussey's options? He is completely entitled to run a straight line to make his ground (which he did). So that is ok. If you watch the replay you'll see that the path of the ball was going to directly intersect with where he was running so there are a couple of things he could do. He could stop running comlpletely so that the throw missed him (but in that case he almost certainly would have been run out) so he didn't choose that option understandably. He could have keep running at full pace (if you watch you'll see he actually slowed down a bit) but the ball would have certainly hit him in the mid rift. (He would have been in but he risked having a couple of broken ribs, or hurting an elbow etc) OR according to the laws of cricket he is ENTITLED to handle the ball (with his hand) if he is attempting to avoid injury. He certainly has a case for that. He was watching the ball and made sure he got his hand in the way to avoid being hit by the throw. By cricket law he is not out!

  • silly_mid_on on February 27, 2012, 23:41 GMT

    I'm a former QCA umpire. In my mind Hussey was definitely out Obstructing the field, and if not then handled the ball. Either way he's out.

  • Tumbarumbar on February 27, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    Hussey had under .3 of a second to react to a ball thrown straight at him. I can see how he made up his mind to cleverly deflect the ball away from the stumps in that massive amount of time. No doubt many of the people claiming it was a deliberate action, including the incredibly silly Australian commentator and ex captain Mark Taylor whose opinion in the commentary box varies widely from from his former actions in the field, are capable of processing information at faster than light speed but David Hussey hails from Earth rather than the planet Krypton. What really irks me is that I know if it had been Sachin in the same position there would be claims that the fielder deliberately threw the ball at him! As for the Brett Lee thing, cast your minds back a few games and Raina was complaining because the batsmen were getting in his way while getting returning to their creases when he was trying to field the ball

  • bobmartin on February 27, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    The trouble with this incident is that what you see what you want to see...Obviously biased Indian supporters see it differently to biased Australians, altho it is interesting to note that the TV commentators saw it differently to what the majority of the two sets of supporters did.. My take, for what it's worth, is that the umpires saw it from a neutral point of view, or indeed, they should have done because that is their job and they decided that Hussey used his hand to avoid being hit by the ball. Being an ex-umpire myself and having viewed the replay several times, I'm inclined to go along with the opinion of two of the most highly regarded umpires in the business. Not out. If anybody is in any doubt about the decision... check the scorecard.. No amount of whining, whinging, conjecture or hypothesis is going to change it, so live with it and move on...

  • CricketFanInLosAngles on February 27, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    David was definitely obstructing the ball that that was likely to reach the wickets before him. Whether he did it intentionally or not that can be debated. He did push his hand more than he needed to. In my opinion, he should have been given out.

    Lee was intentionally in Tendulkar's path and he is a smart enough ( or should I say cunning) cricketer to do it innocently. He had no reason to be in Tendulkar's path.

    Definitely the umpires erred in both decisions. Tough luck to India though. They do not deserve to be in the final anyways. With all the in-fighting that is going on.

  • Nish_US on February 27, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    Another controversial rule is mankading... If the keeper can stump the batsmen, for not behind the crease when the ball is live.... then why can't the bowler do the same to the non-striker.... In both cases, both of them are trying to gain undue advantage by being out of the crease.... Why is one a Valid out and the other a controversy.... Any thoughts?

  • Nish_US on February 27, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Like in soccer - It should not matter how/why it happened... But if it happens, then it is out.

    In soccer, no one bothers if the player willfully or unknowingly touched the ball by hand... If the player touches the ball by hand, it is a penalty... May be the opposition if it is too clever and accurate, they can just kick the ball right into the player's hand.. and get a penalty..

    Human interpretation of such things.. will be different from one person to another.. one umpire to another, one captain to another....

    Leave such decisions to.. rule of thumb and leave the human factor out..

    Unless you think cricket needs the controversy to keep itself alive....

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on February 27, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    Why do you stick your hand out towards a projectile that's away from your body? If you want to protect yourself, then logically you keep your hands to yourself covering the parts of the body that a projectile is coming towards. Whoever that ruled David Hussey as notout was wrong. I support Dhoni on that front. That's my take on David Hussey's incident.

  • 360review on February 27, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    I am sure if BCCI and Dhoni had allowed DRS, nothing of this would have happened ;)

  • SachinIsAGoner on February 27, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    David Hussey was NOT OUT as per Laws. Take that.

  • on February 27, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    When there is a law that obstruction in the field is illegal. it should be irrespective of any excuses. In a similar situation on a short pitch delivery, if a batsman stops a ball by hand for protection of his body, then, should he be ruled not-out?? We expect sportsmanship from players, but, isn't any term name umpireship. I have no hasitation in saying that umpires definitely do partiality. As we see yesterday, When it's case of others, umpires go upstair. But if in cases of indians, they don't even feel any need to do so.

  • Pablo123 on February 27, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    I say not out - just taking evasive action.

  • gmsjgmsj on February 27, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    I think Hussey should've been given out. Just imagine the scenario of a batsman hitting the ball to the outfield. As he is running the 2nd or the 3rd, he looks out to see where the ball is coming from, how fast it is coming and the distance left to the crease. With thows from the deep more likely to come at head/shoulder height, he is more likely to watch out for the ball. In Husseys case, the ball was still within the 30 yard circle and by logic he should've been just looking to reach the crease without worrying about the throw. Because his First instinct would be to preserve the wicket than worry about the throw! I'm sure he judged that he was within touching distance of the crease as he ran, but later saw Raina was more likely to run him out. Thus he shot out his hand in a vague and innocent way and got away with it!!

  • jmcilhinney on February 27, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    I very much doubt Hussey was trying to deflect the ball away from Dhoni. That said, I also don't think he needed to handle the ball to avoid injury. If his intent is all that matters then I'd agree with the not out decision. As for Lee, I also doubt that he was obstructing Tendulkar intentionally but I still think that it should have been called obstruction. He ran into the batsman's path and stopped and he obviously impeded the batsman. He wasn't going for the ball so he didn't need to be in that position. Tendulkar obviously thought he was because he started to veer inside the bowler but then had to veer back outside him when he stopped. Lee also stuck his but out and therefore increased the impediment. As Ian Chappell said at the time, Tendulkar may have been better off running into Lee. He could have dived but he'd lost so much momentum avoiding the bowler that I doubt that it would have helped. Maybe if they had collided the umpires would have asked Aust to withdraw the appeal.

  • suresh_sksj on February 27, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    Hi all...i've been living in Aus for 35+ yrs....an Indian who has played cricket @ club levels...here...we have been taught how to use the rules in a way that it does favour us here in Aus...there's been many incidents in the past where The Ozs have been using these kind of methodologies to obstruct the non-striker....from reaching the other end....a fielder in the short mid-on position(Ponting does that many times) just near the poping crease keeps the non-striker in check from taking off for a single,(clear obstruction), also many times u can c the Ozy coach/bowling coach standing on the boundary, where the bowler fields after his spell, get tips, gets energy drinks, cool towells, etc...all these started by Ozys...no other teams use these techinques...but the batsman get a few drinks in the entire innings while batting and they do equal running compare to a fast bowler....

  • zenboomerang on February 27, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    So everyone, what is the first thing you do when someone throws something at you?... Yes, you shield yourself with the palm of your hand... What was the fielders reason for targeting the body?... Any half reasonable fielder knows whether he is likely to hit the batter or the wkts before he throws the ball... If the fielder threw the ball wider, then Hussey was definitely home... Seems the fielder got away with a dangerous throw & should be something that ICC needs to add to the rule book for T20/ODI games...

  • on February 27, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    In the cricket books, David Hussey's attempt would be given out for two reasons; 1. Obstructing the field. 2. Handled the ball. Even in the past such in incidents, batsmen (Inzi & Waugh) declared out. So, it simply should have been given out to David. As far as Tendulkar's issue is concerned, at start he thought he would make his ground (unaware of Lee's cleverness to be in the way of 10'dulkar deliberately), but later when he saw Lee obstructing him on his way, he would have dived to make his ground, unfortunately he's a veteran player it's bit tough for him to dive for his wicket and be injured, he can play in next game rather, leave it aside the result whether India win or loose.

  • on February 27, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    Its All about re grouping and fighting back, I never feel our heroes are Letting us down, no one wants to lose no one wants humiliation, right now our cards are not working-but they will, right now we are facing tough time-but not for ever,Girtey Hain Shahsawar Hi, Maidan-e-Jang Mein Woh Tifl Kya Gire, Jo Guthno Ke Bal Chale, I am with Team India and believe in Them,

  • CUSE on February 27, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    Dhoni, Don't worry buddy. UMPIRE'S ERRORS ARE PART OF THE GAME !!!, ha ha ha !!! lol !!! :D

  • brisCricFan on February 27, 2012, 2:23 GMT

    Further to my comments earlier, the fact that Hussey had his hand so far out in front should not be construed as only having the intention to prevent the ball... that is akin to saying a fielder running in to catch a ball would not prepare and predict the balls likely path and get his hands in best position... It seemed clear by the fact that as the ball neared, his hand remained closer to his body until impact that Hussey, felt the ball was going to hit him and was preparing to take the blow on somewhere less painful than the mid-region. The thing to me that was most telling was the expression on the fielder as soon as it became apparent that the ball was going to hit the batsman - he is already commencing an appeal... surely this is not within the spirit of the laws and rules... someone commented already, if this is the way things are going, soon we won't aim at the stumps but at the batsmen... they are a larger more convenient target that three cylinders of timber.

  • brisCricFan on February 27, 2012, 2:09 GMT

    I am Aus - and can see easily why both are controversial... firstly the SRT dismissal, I think Lee like any bowler charged thinking he had a chance to cut the ball off - his line was into the path of SRT but that is legitimate in his pursuit - if you look at the situation again, it seems apparent that Sachin also thought Lee would continue and thus be out of his path by the time he approached the crease and thereby he didn't alter his course at all. Unfortunate incident. As for those asking why the AUS umpire (Taufel) didn't refer it... from his position he saw ball hit stumps with SRT out of ground only. As for the Hussey incident - people said he could have evaded it without putting his hand out - no, he couldn't - had he altered his course to evade it and the ball strikes him, under the new law he must be given out. His only course was to keep to the line he ran. This placed him in need of protecting himself. Accordingly, he doesn't come under the new law.

  • sam_the_man on February 27, 2012, 2:05 GMT

    Last lost match with Sri Lanka, attention was diverted to kind deed by Ashwin for allowing Thirimanne not out. This match the attention is diverted to Hussey incident. Why don't Indians just focus on their batting and bowling performance and stop loosing matches?

  • Andross on February 27, 2012, 1:41 GMT

    To me, the Hussy decision was marginal, I don't think that either decision was wrong, but the umpires erred to the side of the Batsman--which they usually do. But stop going on about the Lee/Tendulker one, it was clear cut, Lee did not obstruct the batsman on purpose; result, SRT out. And I see no reason why the Aussies should have called him back. Now, if Tendulker as a result of evasive action and/or by running into lee, had fallen to the ground, and been run out while getting back up, that would be a different matter, And the Aussies might then be expected to call him back. That was not the case here, & I see no reason why AUS should have acted differently. Really if nonstrikers are worried about colliding with a bowler, they should run 3-4 metres away from the edge of the pitch where the bowler is EXTREMELY unlikely to be.

  • on February 27, 2012, 0:52 GMT

    So does Dhoni thinks that the cause of the Indian defeat could be attributed to the allegedly wrong umpiring decisions? Wake up Dhoni, the Indian team with great talent is not clicking together under your captaincy. If you stop making snide remarks about your team mates you could expect a better performance from them.

  • ZNiazi on February 27, 2012, 0:48 GMT

    If Hussey was given "not-out" because he was defending himself, then why was Inzamam given out defending himself from a throw directed at him as he was backing up into his crease...hmmm...

  • Dashgar on February 27, 2012, 0:28 GMT

    @TheBengalTiger, by that logic Dhoni would have withdrawn his appeal if Hussey was given out anyway. Dhoni may have been right to withdraw the Bell appeal (who knows), but Sehwag should never have withdrawn the Thirimanne appeal. India weren't playing in the spirit of cricket there, they were trying to avoid controversy was what Sehwag said. Thirimanne was cheating systematically in that game and was warned, David Hussey acted instictively, whatever his intention. Dhoni isn't the owner of the spirit of cricket, and he can't bring it out when he feels like it. He has to respect an umpire's decision, which he doesn't do, and that is against the spirit of the game.

  • Meety on February 26, 2012, 23:50 GMT

    @Sports4Youth - your analysis of the allrounders is missing a vital element. The fact is that when Gambhir, SRT & Sewag AND Ashwin are in the team, when India field, they lack energy. For a young bloke Ashwin is NOT a very good fielder. I agree that Irfan is too far down the batting line up though, however Jadeja is about 15 to 20 runs per innings better in the field than Ashwin. Dhoni is very aware of the need to get the mix in the field right. On bigger Ozzy grounds - there is more running required. I am a big fan of Irfan & felt he should of had a lot more chances than he has received over the years, but in ODIs, I think there is far more upside in Jadeja than Ashwin.

  • whyowhy on February 26, 2012, 23:48 GMT

    Nobody will call Sachin back, even the indian board will not call him back for anymore ODI's. He might be rested for the last one against Sri Lanka as he looked very tired and was moving like an old bus on a crowded Mumbai street.

  • Meety on February 26, 2012, 23:36 GMT

    Strictly speaking Hussey was out. As the laws say that you can't obstruct the field REGARDLESS of whether you would of made it home. I think the rules need to be SLIGHTLY modified as IMO D Hussey would of been home even if there had been a direct hit. I don't want to sound bias, but surely if a batsmen WOULD of been home easily & was protecting himself, the umpire should be able to use discretion? If D Hussey hadn't been watching the ball & sprinted with all his might, he probably would of been past the flight trajectory of the throw & would of been well home even in a direct hit. I certainly feel for Dhoni, as it was just an unfortunate incident. In some ways it would be like a batsmen picking up a stationery ball on the pitch & handing it to a fielder, technically out, but the reality nothing was wrong. Didn't see any footage of the Sachin incident, (did see Hussey on TV live), this is not the first time Sachin has blamed a bowler for getting in his way though.

  • CSpiers on February 26, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    why call back a batsman who makes the decision to change his running path at the very last second to avoid a bowler? it was a bad call to start with, deserved to be out. spirit of the game? it wouldnt be in the spirit of the game to call him back. If it was anybody else but tendulkar you wouldn't act like this. He's a flop now anyway...

  • ahweak on February 26, 2012, 23:18 GMT

    If Inzy was out, then David Hussey was also out. In both occasions, Simon Taufel was the umpire. Simon's standards have dropped.

  • Jackolantern on February 26, 2012, 23:08 GMT

    Hussey was OUT! doesn't matter, what the result of the match was. Even if India had out Hussey was OUT! same umpire Simon Taufel gave Inzy out in 2007 same cirucmstances , even he did not change his direction, even he was protecting himself and even he would not have been out as the ball was missing the stumps.

    As a Australian, I admit it was OUT! Regarding Sachin , Lee has a habit of doing it, Was it out? Yes it was , but Unsportsmanlike Sachin should have been recalled by Lee or Watson. As a bowler Lee knoew exactly where Sachin was going to run, even Sachin can claim he was running straight and Lee had no business to obstruct him.

  • Sryni on February 26, 2012, 23:07 GMT

    Dhoni rightly said we were at the wrong end in both the decisions. Firstly David Hussey was clearly out agreed by even Ian Chappel and Tony Greig. Secondly it was so shameful of Brett Lee who came in the way of Sachin without having any chance of fielding the ball. If he was really trying to field the ball, he should have either kept running towards the ball or should have tried to back up Warner's throw, why the hell did he stop in Sachin's way OTHER THAN TRYING TO INTENTIONALLY BLOCK the way. Look at Indians (Sachin & Viru) where they could have had Thirimanne out in the previous game at a very crucial stage but showed true spirit in withdrawing the appeal......Similarly back in England when they called Ian Bell back.....I agree Aussies played better than us....but sorry to say lacked the spirit.....So even if they win CB Series...I think it is a loss.....

  • Buggsy on February 26, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    It's only natural that Hussey used his hand to protect himself, however it was still pretty careless and probably should have been given out. Tendulkar however was definitely out and I can't believe people are disputing this. Dhoni really needs to find better excuses for his losses; it's a shame that a brilliant one day player is such a sore loser.

  • ccrriicc on February 26, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    Chappell and Grieg and Shastri and Manjrekar - the Indian guys want to reap good cheer - they can not spell the law, at home or abroad - that is typical. Chappell and Grieg aren't doing India a favor, they look at the law - I am not happy for once the western analysts are correct, I am bothered by the neural subjugation our so called experts!

  • RyanSmith on February 26, 2012, 21:15 GMT

    @Sione4Q Yes, I have seen the inzimam dismissal. Have YOU read the laws of cricket as they are outlined? Inzimam was given out obstructing the field. He used his bat. David Hussey cannot be given out obstructing the field, because he used his hand. His case falls under the law of handled the ball. There is a clause that allows a batsman to handle the ball IF in the opinion of the umpire the act of handling the ball was for self preservation. If you watch the incident in real time it is clear that it was a reflex action designed to stop the ball from hitting him. You'd do exactly the same thing if I hurled a cricket ball at you at pace from 15 meters away. If you want to understand the decision, try reading the actual laws, it helps a lot!

  • kapowie on February 26, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    Have just seen multiple replays and as an Aussie I must say that Hussey should have been out. In this case there was no difference in him protecting himself or his wicket. The way Hussey plays he would not have been worrying about physical harm but it was a snap decision, a bad one at that. In cricket more often than not if you make a bad decision you pay the price of your wicket. Poorly handled by Dhoni though, Im surprised he didn't take his ball and bat and go home. Sachin was clearly out, he had plenty of time to readjust and make his ground but gave up and tried to backpeddle saying he was impeded. Another mistake by a batsmen = wicket.. Go Aussies

  • trumpoz on February 26, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    @thebengaltiger - I didn't see the Ian Bell incident so can't comment on it. In the eyes of the mankad incident many people would say that it shouldn't have come about in the first place. Although it is a legal way of dismissal, mankad is considered 'dirty' by most of the cricketing world. The fact that the umpires had to ask V. Sehwag if he wanted to continue the appeal is appalling - it should have been withdrawn immediately and not required umpire intervention.

  • on February 26, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    I think we are just taking things too seriously and creating controversies. The only answer is to accept the umpires' decision and move on. We do so in so many other situations like bad lbw decisions etc so why not here.

  • Mr_Anonymous on February 26, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    Its unfortunate but Hussey's hands were quite a bit ahead of where he was. In fact if he would not have put the ball down purposely with his hand, it would not have hit him at all. I don't know or can't say whether he would have been run out or not because it would have been close but I would given him out based on how much ahead his hands were from his body.

    It is becoming harder to enjoy Cricket with many matches having close calls and decisions which seem like a non-uniform application of the cricket laws and technicalities (not to mention how many laws there are in the first place and their complexity). Like in the previous game, I still haven't understood why Billy Bowden asked Sehwag if he wanted to uphold the appeal for Thirimanne's mankaded dismissal? Weren't the laws clear?

    However, I will say this. Sehwag's series average is 8.75 and Tendulkar's is 17.33 and until those averages go up, we won't win. Even Ashwin and Pathan have done better with the bat.

  • on February 26, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    @Jazzzzaaaaa: I have updated your entry for words in brackets... Double standards The (Australian) batsman has a right to run a straight line, if the ball hits him while he is running a straight line, then he is not out. As has been stated by the law if he puts his hand up to protect himself, he is not out also. So Hussey did nothing wrong in my opinion. Add to that, he would of made his ground if the ball reached Dhoni. In regards to Tendulkar, the (Australian) bowler has a right to go after the ball, which Lee did before pulling out. It's up to the (Indian) batsman to avoid colliding with the bowler. Also Lee barely touched Tendulkar and Tendulkar should of made more of an effort to get in to his crease. So both decisions are correct in my opinion.

  • msvknight on February 26, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    I fee for India. Once again the poor things were robbed by the umpires. They would have a 100% record if it wasn't for these pesky rules. After all Tendulkar who was averaging 18 prior to this innings was amozza to score 120 to win the game. When there isn't a decision to complain about, the media conferences arre very cannibalistic as the players lash out at each other. And as for Dhoni and his claims to hate UDRS and accept the umpires call.....They are treating the entire tour as a joke and are getting commensurate results.

  • OutCast on February 26, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    India has a habit of over appealing, I mean appealing each and everything... need proof? Ganguly was fined for excessive appealing.. I think India should follow Aus footsteps and don't give auto entry into the team. Carrying Sachin sends a wrong message cos he is on the team based on his past performance- can anyone hold a security based on its past performance? NO.. India will never change coz politics run sports and only certain individuals have authority over anyone and Sachin is one of them..

  • OutCast on February 26, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    Hello India & Mr.Dhoni ! Is Dhoni fuming for the foregone opportunity against SL (Thirimanna)? Thirimanne should've been out and poor Sehwag withdrew the appeal. All Hussey did was used his hands to defend his thigh area.. remember 2 games ago Raina was hit in his thigh and he was in excruciating pain- jumping up and down? Hussey wanted to avoid that and even if he hadn't blocked the ball, Hussey would've been well safe before the throw reached the wicket.. it shouldn't have been reviewed in the first place. As for sachin's dismissal, Lee was clearly going for the ball and not a single time he looked back to see Sachin's path to block him. Lee was purely concentrating on getting to the ball AQAP and run Sachin out, Sachin saw Lee was heading and he should've run different route, but the bottom line is EVEN IF LEE WEREN'T THERE, SACHIN COULDN'T HAVE MADE IT COZ THERE WERE NO SINGLE TO TAKE. Gambir was so desperate to give the trike to Sachin coz Gambir was struggling to score singles

  • on February 26, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    Umpires made correct decisions according to me and according to cricket laws. In real time action umpires made there decisions correctly with out any objection. Indian Cricket team have to look forward for Asia cup instead of criticizing the world's respectful umpires.

  • Solar_Rex on February 26, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    I cant comment on Hussey's incident as I didnt watch it though Ian Chappell and Tony Greig both felt he should have been given out apparently. Regarding SRT's run out I totally agree with Dhoni. To me it seems so obvious that Brett Lee was deliberately blocking SRT and he had no chance or intention of getting to the ball, and it was clearly meant to obstruct to SRT. To blame SRT that there was no run there was blaming the victim. He could have made the run or dived to the crease but for Lee geing in the way. That run out took away the momentum as SRT was looking good with a couple of lovely boundries just in the previous over and was looking set for a good knock. Only flip side is India still should have given better account of them self and could have won if the rest of batsmen buckled down. Now it sounds like sour grapes even though the complaints are totally justified.

  • nagnag on February 26, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    The ball hit by Gambhir goes behind point and there is no way a bowler can reach it. If at all Lee wants to do something, he should have come to the left of the pitch for backing up the throw.. Cunning OZs.. On Hussey's incident, his aim should be to first reach the line.. His wicket is not safe untill he does so.. No point touching the ball with hands and take the credit away from the fielder..Would he have touched the ball with his gloves, if he is in the non striker and his team batsman drills a ball straight down to ground straight on him?? Ofcourse no, he would have moved away and hope for the ball to reach the fence.. All I am talking is not based on the rules, but on sportmanship.. OZs lack sportsmanship but its not a surpirse ..

  • californian on February 26, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    I'm a sri Lankan fan , and I agree with dhoni ,India has been unlucky it's not these 2 incidents even the thirmanne mankad . India has been on the receiving end. Lee obstructing Tendulkar is debatable. And the Australian commentator stated lee had his back turned, in my view Lee knew exactly what he was doing. It's like stopping a car in the middle of the road knowingly, to slow down what's behind to avoid you. Lee had no business to be where he was! He wasn't fielding the ball it was a will full act to slow Tendulkar. And losing all these tosses doesn't help either. This is the time Indian fans should be behind the team, winning and losing is part of the game. The problem here is not the players, it's the way the structure has changed, and there is too much cricket in 20/20new formats in the sub continents which is affecting the game at a national level, and in the flip side it helps all overseas players get used to Indian conditions.

  • on February 26, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    @cswomi7 : i think luke hadn't heard of peripheral vision and all others too who r saying lee was unaware of sachin's position. @jazzaaaaaaaa : david hussey is right when he is running in straight line but SRT should not run in straight line ? i think then david hussey should also see where is throw coming and where is ball and then adjust his course as u r suggesting about sachin's course.

  • tall_turtle on February 26, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    It may not have been Lee's intention to obstruct Tendulkar. But am I sure Tendulkar would have been run out without Lee coming in his way? I would have recalled the batsman. That's called sportsmanship.

  • kitten on February 26, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    It's very funny to note that all Australian supporters think that both the controversial decisions were made correctly, and all the Indian supporters think otherwise. All I would add, is that in similar circumstances(if it happens again), the same decisions be made again, and I would then like to see the comments of both teams if the roles were reversed.

  • Makkumatr on February 26, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    Sachin would have been out even if Lee were not standing there, he got out by a mile. So, Sachin had a brain freeze and showed very poor judgement. No point blaming Lee.

  • chandau on February 26, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    HMMM, how many matches have been played in this series so far? 9 is it? that is 18 innings. And how many people have stopped a throw with the hand in those 18 innings? If crikinfo can do stats of he no of throws aimed at either keeper or bowler this will look even clear! D HUSSEY IS OUT. Someone said Lee was running after the ball. lol mate the ball was at point so there was no chance for Lee to take part in that play unless he ran back to bowlers end !

    Pity as an ex cricketer, i see some of Steve Waugh tactics are coming back thru Clarke and that is not good for OZ or world cricket. Ponting after that infamos indian tour managed to drop the drama and thuggery for a while. Seems the ugly side is lifting its face ... AGAIN!!

    As a Sri Lankan Hats off to Sachin n Viru for not going thru with Thirimanne appeal, coz no two words he was out and there were no mitigating circumstances. At least we Asians know what spirit of cricket is all about.

  • Nampally on February 26, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    If a batsmen's path is obstructed by a bowler or fielder which makes him deviate his path of running to reach the end he is running to, then batsmen should be ruled Not Out due to Obstruction by the bowler or the fielder. Similarly when the batsman prevents the ball from reaching the end it is supposed to by any part of his body away from his body, the batsmen should be ruled out due to obstruction. These were exactly the 2 cases of Tendulkar & D.Hussey. The Umpire Tauffel blew it both the time in his rule interpretation. Tauffel scored a hat trick if you count the Thirumanne mankading out. Strike THREE against Tauffel - He is OUT- should be suspended + fined by ICC !

  • Fiery67 on February 26, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    Based on the laws as they currently exist the umpires made the correct decision in regard to David Hussey incident. However i believe that he was lucky that the laws allowed such a reprieve, as this sets a dangerous precedent which could be unfairly exploited by the batsman in the future (batsmen swatting away any throw within reach whilst attempting a run). I light of this, ICC should should now petition the MCC to have this loophole in the laws closed. Also the Tendulkar runout was definately out (in my many decades of watching cricket i have seen countless batsmen run out in these exact same circumstances) as the owness is on the batsman to avoid the fielder. It is only an "issue" because it was Tendulkar, and because of his apparent displeasure at the decision. Now i'm a massive Tendulkar fan, and we all make mistakes, but i would hope that in hindsight he considers his reaction on the field as something he would not like to repeat - he's better than that.

  • Fiery67 on February 26, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    Based on the laws as they currently exist the umpires made the correct decision in regard to David Hussey incident. However i believe that he was lucky that the laws allowed such a reprieve, as this sets a dangerous precedent which could be unfairly exploited by the batsman in the future (batsmen swatting away any throw within reach whilst attempting a run). I light of this, ICC should should now petition the MCC to have this loophole in the laws closed. Also the Tendulkar runout was definately out (in my many decades of watching cricket i have seen countless batsmen run out in these exact same circumstances) as the owness is on the batsman to avoid the fielder. It is only an "issue" because it was Tendulkar, and because of his apparent displeasure at the decision. Now i'm a massive Tendulkar fan, and we all make mistakes, but i would hope that in hindsight he considers his reaction on the field as something he would not like to repeat - he's better than that.

  • on February 26, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    Sore looser MS Dhoni..didn't expect this from you Dhoni

  • on February 26, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    India is making excuses after losing too badly to divert attention n thats nice strategy

  • on February 26, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    as a Pakistani, i remember, inzi being given out,

    did he changed his direction=NO was he avoiding injury = YES

    so hussy was OUT, and for tendulkar he was out by laws but thats not sportsmanship to obstruct the batsman, THOSE days r gone, when fielding side give another chance to the batsman.....

  • Fiery67 on February 26, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    @ ian_ghose Thanks for allaying my fears, for i was certainly starting to wonder.

  • ansram on February 26, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    IMO, Hussey was out. Anyways Australia would have made 220 then and would have still won comfortably. It is time India start behaving in a more mature manner and start taking the game more seriously. It hardly appears they want to play here and seem too eager to get back into the pyjamas. What a fall from grace for the so called no:1 team and WC winner - now they can't play ODIs also.

  • stormy16 on February 26, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    In my opinion the umpires made the right call because Hussey didnt go out of his way to obstruct the throw, he merely ensured the ball didnt hit him which I think is fair enough. Thankfully for the fanatical Indian fans its yet another excuse to take away the focus on what a pathetic performance has been from a team which is supposed to be one of the top teams.

  • krv954 on February 26, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    I am not so sure about the Hussey decision. I think Hussey should have simply run the quick single without looking back at all. But handling the ball and being given not out while he was still outside the crease is a little tricky. I don't quite agree with that, even if according to the rules he is not out. I think the ICC is to blame for creating such ambiguous rules.

    Tendulkar was out. I say this even though I am an Indian fan. It was a poorly judged single by Sachin. If he was to go for that single, he should have started much sooner and not come behind Lee in the first place. So to me he is out and it is a clear case of poorly misjudged single.

  • sachin_vvsfan on February 26, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    @Ashwood Sachin poor runner. LMAO. A similar incident happened in ENG Vs SL match and ENG called back the player who was involved in similar run out. I know Aussies will never do this. But why is this 'spirit of game' applicable only for india? why aren't the umpires interested in consulting other fielding teams For hussey he was stretching his hand too far. Whatever, looks like dhoni is contended for the title spirit of game. He doesn't seem to be interested in Tests and odis outside subcontinent.

  • on February 26, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    If i remember correctly it was that particular series of pakistan and india where inzamam avoided a direct throw at stumps by jumping out of the way and was given out an indian appeal. Again in the very next match they (indians) tried the same and this time he (inzamam) blocked the ball with his bat which was right in his face and was given out as well . I think india should.nt have appealed for those two and for the ame

  • Vijay_R1965 on February 26, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    I blame Tendulkar's dismissal on the innate character of most Indians - timidity. If Lee was deliberately blocking him, why didn't he use his momentum and shove Lee out of the way? He'd have been perfectly justified, and a well placed elbow or shoulder would've convinced a sprawling Lee that such gamesmanship is not worth the risk of a big injury.

    And this is not the first time for Tendulkar. Shoaib Akhthar did it once and got away with it too. Granted, that was a much more blatant transgression, but the Aussies have always experts at projecting their "hard but fair" myth :-)

  • screamingeagle on February 26, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    Well done Dhoni and team. Now I hope you guys realise calling back Bell and the Mankading instance were mistakes you guys did. Learn that the game is no longer a gentlemans game. Aussies meanwhile seem to be getting back to form, at least in playing it the ugly way.

  • Capround on February 26, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    I just saw the video on youtube. Clearly, Hussey would have run into the ball had he not swatted it down. It was clearly self-defense. Second, he could have strolled in to complete the run -- there was no chance of a run out. So good decision by the umpires.

  • vak1997 on February 26, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    @adee amjad, agree with u

  • camouflage on February 26, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    In 2006 Inzi blocked the ball to avoid an injury because the ball was clearly thrown at him and he was too slow to get out of the way. But he was given out. So, India are even now.

  • Qureshigm on February 26, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    Well it was 50-50...... it seemed like David was obstructing the field.... but umpires had other views as to interpreting the laws, and what umpires interpreted was correct if hussey didn't do it deliberately... plain and simple....

    But if home umpire advantages are concerned, we have seen how India have gained over the years at their homeland with home umpires..... but this was right, if not good, decision with the demand of the situation.

  • on February 26, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    indian is making excuses they didnt play well. they should take the defeat and say yes we didnt played well thats why we lost the match.

  • mak0786 on February 26, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    I agree India played very bad,but in my opinion both incidence involving Lee and david hussy were wrongly went against India.in first case david hussy delebratly or even indelebrately obstructed the ball to reach the stump.he may have avoiding injury but ball was clearly not hitting him.I doesnt matter it was done delebratly or not,it was out because he prevented ball to reach stump and was not in crease.in second instance can any body tell me why Lee was runinng towards keeper end while ball went towards squire leg,secnd he was running obliqe and stoped suddenly right infront of sachins path,he was not even gatherng the ball,if he went to gather the ball he should have been behind stumps not infront.If he kept on runing he should have crosed sachin and clear of him.sachin was clearly slowed because of lee infront and he was not in position to dive as well.

  • torsha on February 26, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    People would laugh at this but as a Cricket fan, I would say he was out and when you have Ian chappel and Tony greig saying that, there must be reason for it. DH was out and also Lee came deliberately in Tendulkar's way.

  • cric_roch on February 26, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    India surely has bigger problems to ponder now. But nothing wrong in discussing unfair attitude of umpires.

    Whoever is saying Lee didnt look back must remember he was simply covering the couple of yards on the right side of the pitch.He should be knowing thats the patch sachin will run.Umpires asked Sehwag to consider spirit of game , but didnt ask Watson.

    And about hussy why he has to look at the fielder and run. Rule has to be rules and should not be forged depending on country.

  • sandgroperdada on February 26, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    India were unlucky, but the batsmen played poorly. Hussey instinctively stuck his hand out, he would have been home, so the obstruction wouldn't have mattered anyway. Tendulkar was unlucky today, but you can't blame the loss on that. Sehwag's international career should finish, and the Indian selectors shouldn't call him back. He has put the whole team under pressure throughout this entire series. At least Dhoni has performed better than Sehwag. I hope India can fix its batting and the team should be back with a bang.

  • era89 on February 26, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    sachin is a god with lots of experience i wd say.but in this case he made his own downfall........no xcuses.it is out

  • Praxis on February 26, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    Don't know if David was out or not, or what Lee did was wrong, we'll have to be happy with the umpire's decision. But one thing for sure, India's performance has been pathetic in this tour. Hope that fans don't use this incident shamelessly as an excuse to cover up the mess.

  • sawifan on February 26, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    @ryangsmith.. spot on 100%... 1st thing, David Hussey was never going to be run out, so maybe it was just Raina acting like a poor sport and 'aiming' for Hussey. In real time, it happened so quickly, and the ball was obviously going to hit Hussey, so he defended his body accordingly. And in Sachin's case, he really should have been more aware. One could easily argue that he gave up knowing he'd be well short so opted for the 'obstruction' to try and preserve his wicket. and @ Colin Collis, well said. It seems that India is the only team that behaves like this. All other teams take such 'incidents' in their stride and move on. India however always claim innocence to everything, yet are always first to point the finger. There is no conspiracy, just inability.

  • playitstraight on February 26, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    As an Indian, I don't think that (David Hussey's run-out incident) affected the result. We lost by 87 runs, which is shameful considering that Australia were without some of their first-class players. Some players like Viru, Sachin and Rohit need to take start practicing hard in the nets, they are taking their places for granted.

  • on February 26, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    Even Steve Waugh was given out handling the ball..... Jus an addition to the existing list.. IMHO David was jus trying to stop the ball from hitting him.... there' nothing wrong in the decision.... As an Indian I have to accept this fact

  • heathrf1974 on February 26, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Hussey should have been given out and Tendulkar should have not been given out. I think Lee's obstruction was unintentional but it was obstruction all the same.

  • on February 26, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    steve waugh was also given out for handling the ball

  • on February 26, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    Tendulkar was correctly given out, and Hussey should have been out. He had his hand up the moment it left the fielder's hand. He was in no danger at all

  • Balumekka on February 26, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    I'm a neutral fan and honestly think that Hussey should have been GIVEN OUT. Clearly he was handling the ball. HOWEVER ITS FUNNY THAT SOME INDIAN FANS FIND IT AS AN EXCUSE FOR THE BEATING THEY RECEIVED FROM AUSSIES! In this series, India is the worst team and not deserved to be in the finals.

  • SumanVarma18 on February 26, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    @jazzaaaaaaaa The batsman can run in a straight line. But if he really wanted not to get injured, he should have moved away from the ball, instead he put his hand out to stop the ball. He started to put out his hand long enough before the ball was close to him.

    I didn't mean that Lee was wrong. Sachin was technically out. But Watson as a captain should have let him play in the spirit of the game. Please read my comments carefully before replying.

    "It's up to the batsman to avoid colliding with the bowler." - dou you mean to say the bastman can collide or not if he want to.

    Lee need not touch Sachin. He can just stand wide before the crease. If Lee would have not there on the way, Sachin would have made a better effort to reach the crease.

  • on February 26, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    Terribly disappointed.....India should have won this one....it's difficult to single out one person when the whole team has been flopping with alarming consistency....I don't believe that SRT would have won the match for India even if he had not been given out, so Indian fans, please accept that we have once again been soundly outplayed....this energy would be better directed towards a complete overhaul of the cricket system....barring Dhoni and a coupleo f our bowlers in spurts, no one has looked remotely threatening....for starters, Sehwag should be out of the team in every format....when was the last time he or Gambhir or Raina made a 100? In most teams, these guys would have been out by now...till the selectors take tough decisions, these defeats will keep happening....

  • on February 26, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    @Dashgar Brett Lee was bowling over the wicket and he went to the other side of the pitch. Thats not the place where a bowler will end his follow through. Do you think you know cricket better than Sachin?????

  • kunderanengineer on February 26, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    Although I admittedly missed the Hussey and the Tendulkar-Lee incidents and haven't had the opportunity to watch the replays yet, the bottom line is that in the end 252 was not a formidable target by any stretch; it required a run rate of just over 5 per over! India had the momentum back in their favour after their excellent death overs performance. My point is that even if Hussey should have been given out and Tendulkar not out, a team that has a winning mentality is able to put those kinds of things behind them and still go out and get the job done. India were 60 for 2 at one stage and well ahead of the required run rate despite Sehwag's usual cameo appearance before they caved in like a deck of cards A team with a losing mentality will try and cling on to whatever excuses it can find and use them as insurance just in case things don't work out in the end. Conclusion: this team is not a winning team right now; it's a rudderless boat in the middle of an ocean with no sign of land.

  • bay_13 on February 26, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    A throw fired in full pelt from 10m away that would hit directly in the side of the ribs..I wonder how many people wouldn't instantly react and throw up a hand..tendulkar, well he gave up even trying, a dive would have saved him regardless of Brett Lee, who merely attempted to go for the ball but then pulled out to make sure he didn't get in the way of the throw. Simple, legal cricket. Tendulkar is simply a faded force with no desire to do whatever it takes to win anymore..

  • chaps96 on February 26, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    This Indian team is overrated and they are not playing well together. They are overpaid and lack serious motivation ! The team management and selectors are there to make a buck and feel important and have no clue how to manage in a crises. Anyone can manage a winning team, but it take gumption and smart leadership to manage in a crisis. Time for Srikanth and his cronies, Srinivasan etc to make way for others. Accept defeat gracefully and clean house!!

  • on February 26, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    Only way Hussey could have been out was by law 33( handled the ball). Law 37 doesn't apply if the obstruction is by the hand not holding the bat (... strikes the ball with his bat or person, OTHER THAN A HAND NOT HOLDING THE BAT...). Law 33.2 helped him in this case because it was an evasive action by him, so he was clearly not-out.

  • yusuf97 on February 26, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    why do only india show the spirit of the game of cricket.. aussies could have withdrew the appeal against sachin... its really unjust

  • on February 26, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    same As before Complain after Every match :P

  • sands56 on February 26, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    Hussey should have been given out and Tendulkar should have been given not out. Both these decisions had a huge impact on the match. Its poor Umpiring and POOR sportsman's spirit by Australia.

  • ajayrcs on February 26, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    csowmi7 you are 100% correct.

  • Ammar1234 on February 26, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    David was out.Inz was given out by similar act so it was not fair to give David not out

  • on February 26, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    In both occasions the decisions made by umpire's are correct. BUT Australians could have called back Sachin. This incident shows the lack of sportsman spirit from Australians. Just one more incident that proves lack of sportsman spirit of Australian team. Indians played poor cricket through out the series, no doubt about that.

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on February 26, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    Hussey's watching the fielder and his early raising of his arm doesnt look good ....i'm 50/50 on that one. Benefit of the doubt ...NOT OUT. Lee ran towards the ball and then stopped and stood still when it went to the other fielder. He COULD have continued his path towards the ball and knocked Tendulkar into the middle of next week with a shoulder charge and i'd still have it as OUT. Alternatively if he had stopped and tried to step across Tendulkar I'd say NOT OUT. Wade changing direction mid pitch and running onto the wicket to put his body in front of the stumps ....even though it didnt hit him that is OUT i believe under the new rules about deliberately changing direction in an unnatural way.

    Back to the cricket ....excellent win by what was a near Australian second XI against India's first team. India need to get home and make some BIG decisions about the future of a few players.

  • on February 26, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    Hussey was out and was not given by umpires, but Tendulkar was out and was rightly judged so, it his duty to avoid the bowler lee was not deliberately blocking Tendulkar. But Hussey was lucky to survive. But India didn't loose because of that, they just played poor cricket and Aussies were deserving winner. India is just sinking further and further and Dhoni's stubborness in selecting Raina and Jadeja ahead of Manoj Tiwar and Rohit Sharma is costing heavily. No doubt Rohit has done nothing in 5 onedays but Raina looks so ugly while batting and Jadeja can we call him an allroundier.

  • Sports4Youth on February 26, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    Guys just chill out. dont didcuss too much about SRT's run out. In any case what difference would it make, in any case SRT has not scored much on this series. It was not a big wicket. Regarding the decision i dont think it was that bad a decision as it is being made out here. These things are 50-50. They can go either way. Lets just forget that and move on. I dont feel that it could have been intentional. These things happen sometimes on the field. Just that this time it had to be SRT.

  • sairicky on February 26, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    No problem with the umpiring... They made the right decision.. The team India played a teriible game.. With the series dream over for them.. they have enough time to think about future...

  • MikeRocksAlways on February 26, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    Hello everyone for those who said india is a over rated team and questioned india's competency outside india plz check this url http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/291340.html....most of the same guys had played last time as well, but they thrashed Aus that too when they had legends like Gilli, Hayden and prime form lee etc,...so just that team has lost the focus and also the form so plz dont generalize and say india is totally unfit to play outside india...even in 2003 WC india reached final played in SA..also won 2007 20/20 WC in SA...now dont say SA is similar in conditions as in india. This post is mainly for srilankan supporters like wjkalana who talks too much abt indian team..

  • on February 26, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    Only way Hussey could have been out was by law 33( handled the ball). Law 37 doesn't apply if the obstruction is by the hand not holding the bat (... strikes the ball with his bat or person, OTHER THAN A HAND NOT HOLDING THE BAT...). Law 33.2 helped him in this case because it was an evasive action by him, so he was clearly not-out.

  • TheBengalTiger on February 26, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    we saw how India recalled Ian bell in England, and how we withdrew the appeal for Mankading in the lask game. true sportsmanship, other countries should learn

  • on February 26, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    Okay, one thing is clear: an exception was made to the rule here. And rightly so, to be frank; it's an Indian saying this. Now why can't exceptions be made in cases like Sachin Tendulkar's? It's so unfair on any batsman who gets dismissed this particular way. The Aussies should have withdrawn the appeal, for it's against the spirit of the game. Not that I think it can be used as an excuse to lose, but still. Doesn't matter if India's playing or Tonga, the fact is such runouts are a disgrace.

  • Sports4Youth on February 26, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    SRT's figures in the present CB series :- 6 games, 104 runs at an avg.of 17.33, strike rate 72.72 runs per 100 balls. Even Ashwin (@20.82, s.r.81.81) and Irfan (@24, s.r.109) have better averages and strike rates. How much more humiliation does SRT want to suffer. Why does not someone just tell him that his time is over. Personal milestones may be good upto a certain limit, beyong that they become a pain in the stomach.

  • on February 26, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    I am a lankan fan, but i think Lee's action was intentional. Yes he was going in the direction of the ball but he could always see the line where Sachin was running. So he stops right across that line and plant himself with spreaded legs making sure that Sachin had to go around him. If Lee wanted he could have easily avoided Sachin's line. In a run like that if you loose one step you are gone, which is what exactly happened. Even this didn't happen Sachin may still be out, given that he is not so very good in running between wickets. When you are not playing well as a team these things always go against you. It did happened to us also not so distant when we were in that bad patch. Even the weather was against us.I hope SL will keep the good run and win the finals. Wish you all the best SL.

  • Sports4Youth on February 26, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    @ Jahangeer K A Halim on (Feb 26 2012, 11:22 AM GMT) : -- You said about leaning from SL .... Sir, these guys in the Indian team were supposed to be the masters of this game. Now some players are so old that if they start learing afresh, then they will have the use the new experience in the life hereafter or in the next incarnation. case in point SRT and Sehwag. I suggest that at this age and 22 years of cricket under his belt if SRT has to learn anything from anyone he would be better off retiring. If after 22 years of criket he does not have anything to offer for others to learn, i suppose he has wated his life.

  • Sione4Q on February 26, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    @ryangsmith..have you actually seen Inzaman's dismissal in 2006?? which was given by Taufel? please have a look via Utube. I am not indian nor australian but i dont really understand the decision as a mad mad sports lover

  • Sports4Youth on February 26, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    @ Nanda Thiagarajah on (Feb 26 2012, 11:23 AM GMT) :-- I presume you are an Indian fan, so am I. You made an obvious reference to SRT being an over-rated player called god. Actually you are right. But now that does not worry me too much because after all these performances SRT will be gone soon (altleast i hope so). But as an Indian Fan what worries me more is that now we got another over-rated player called Jadeja of whom Dhoni thinks is some kind of a god. Now this newly over rated player is young and likely to torment us for a long time, if persisted with like this. Think about this new problem because the old problem will not last long anyway.

  • CSpiers on February 26, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    hussey reaction was clearly that of a reflex action for self preservation, if you watch it in real time you see how quickly it all happened - he didn't deviate his running path either - not out, correction decision, move on.

  • csowmi7 on February 26, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    lol @luke ashwood. Lee was clearly blocking tendulkar's way. If he was so interested to go after the ball to effect the run out he would have stood on the other side of the stumps not in sachin's face. As soon as the ball was hit by Gambhir Lee ran in front of Tendulkar and just stopped at least a few feet from the stumps instead of going near the stumps. And as for David Hussey he had his arm up as soon as the ball left raina's hand . As a batsman he should have dived or slid his bat instead of punching the ball out of the air. A cunning ploy indeed. Good win by the aussies but extremely poor sportsmanship and negative tactics.

  • Rawlonski on February 26, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    Yet again, Indian fans go off in search of the conspiracy that cost them yet another game, rather then focusing in on the fact that their team is just terrible.

    I thought that bonus points were meant to be a rarity to award an absolute flogging, seems that when playing India they are just handing out as a matter of course.

    At least now the Indian players will have an extra week to get back to their beloved dead wickets before the IPL - although it seems that Sehwag's brain never left India

  • Dashgar on February 26, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    About 2 balls after Tendulkar got run out Dan Christian bowled a ball that the batsman hit on the legside. Christian moved to it but didn't reach it, and the ball went to mid on for no run. He ended up in exactly the same spot as Lee did in the run out. Bowlers end their run up in that position all the time, Sachin should know this and should have avoided Lee. It was bad awareness by Sachin, nothing untoward from Lee who actually stopped and held his ground rather than continuing into the batsmans path.

  • jazzaaaaaaaa on February 26, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    @ SumanVarma18: The batsman has a right to run a straight line, if the ball hits him while he is running a straight line, then he is not out. As has been stated by the law if he puts his hand up to protect himself, he is not out also. So Hussey did nothing wrong in my opinion. Add to that, he would of made his ground if the ball reached Dhoni. In regards to Tendulkar, the bowler has a right to go after the ball, which Lee did before pulling out. It's up to the batsman to avoid colliding with the bowler. Also Lee barely touched Tendulkar and Tendulkar should of made more of an effort to get in to his crease. So both decisions are correct in my opinion.

  • on February 26, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    Nick Ni, thats one of the most racist things ive heard. It doesnt matter whether the player is black or white. There is one rule for everybody. The umpires interpreted it as Hussey handling the ball to avoid becoming injured. If it were an indian batsman it would be treated the same way and he WOULD BE GIVEN NOT OUT!!

    The Australian Cricketing Public has almost had a gut full of an indian side who in my opinion who are playing like they dont want to be here.

    I would like to pass on my congratulations to the Sri Lankan side who have come out here to actually play cricket and take whatever comes their way, whether it be good or bad.

  • Stevo_ on February 26, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    Only India would appeal for this .

  • RyanSmith on February 26, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    The umpires made the correct decision in both the Hussey and Tendulkar incidents! Hussey was clearly protecting himself. To all those who say otherwise I'd ask 2 things. Firstly, how about watching the incident in real-time as opposed to super-slow mo. Secondly, how about standing there while someone unleashes a throw at your ribs from 15 meters away to see if your instinct is to put your hand up, or to let it hit you (which it certainly would have in Hussey's case). As for Lee and Tendulkar. Lee is a fielder and is completely entitled to make a run for the ball in an attempt to field it and stop the batsman from running. He is also completely entitled to hold his position. Was Tendulkar obstructed by Lee? Certainly! But it was his own fault and he should have factored it in when calling for a run. Lee did nothing wrong. Tendulkar was short of his ground and was out. Correct decision. End of discussion.

  • Sports4Youth on February 26, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    If one compares the all-round figures between Irfan and Jadeja, it is clear that Irfan is way ahead, in fact it is a no brainer that Irfan should be the guy at no.7. Also interestingly if the same figures of Jadeja and Ashwin are compared again it is crystal clear the Ashwin is also a better bowler and an all-rounder than Jadeja. Dhoni also has himself in a good keeper-Batsman. That is three Good all-rounders in the team. Howmany more do you need. Now just get in some good specialist bowlers and restirct the opposition to a reasonable score by taking wickets. That way Dhoni will be more successful. But Dhoni has just disturbed the balance. Infact Dhoni would be better served if he allowed 10-15 overs of spin between Raina-Kohli-Sehwag. So that is 20-25 overs of spin (10 from Ashwin). That is more than sufficient, because the quality of the 3 part-timers mentioned here is better than Jadeja. For remaining overs just get in Zak, Irfan, Praveen/Umesh. More than sufficient.

  • Juniorklassy on February 26, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    @ Gihan GospelKrayz - so u agree that in each n every match India plays Aus, some or other decision goes against them... Thanx :-)

  • on February 26, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    I am a neutral fan, my opinion is that was out, hussey did that deliberately.

  • on February 26, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    Pitch-curator, I would like to post you the same question. How good is the Indian team outside the sub-continent? They lost all 4 test matches in England and now in Australia. They have an overrated guy in their team supposed to be called ' a god'. Even with this so called "god" in their team they cannot win any match. Now they will have to pack their bags and go home in shame.

  • on February 26, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    To be honest this Indian team got to learn a lot!! India do not deserve to be in the finals of the triangular series. SriLank has been the better team and they deserve to be in the finals. Dhoni must undesrtand the fact attacking is the best form of defence. After 4 wickets down, Dhoni go on in a total defensive mode thereby piling up more pressure on himself and the following batsmen. Another blunder by Dhoni he always keeps Jadeja as his pet in the playing eleven despite numerous failures. To be honest, even Jadeja is in the team due to some unknown reasons, his batting order should be after Ashwin and Irfan Pathan NOT before them!! Jadeja's batting skill is very very pathetic. No more escuse for these pathetic batting performance by the 'SUPERSTAR' Indian batsmen. Perhaps, India must learn few lessons from SRILANKA in the art of chasing down score against Australia.

  • on February 26, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    @Mr.Ashwood...Sachin was right in protesting the block by Lee.Even a gully cricketer would know where a batsman normally runs..and the cunning Lee certainly knew where was Sachin coming from and stood right there without giving way for the run..As a matter of fact Sachin ws looking very good in this series unlike your kicked out poinitng..you better learn some sportsmanship and not disgrace yourself by talking about Sachin.

  • Chris_P on February 26, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Well said ian_ghose! @Nadir Khan, Inzamam was not defending himself from getting injured, get your facts right. "Law 33, though: "Notwithstanding 1(a) above, a batsman will not be out under this Law if he handles the ball to avoid injury." How is such a simple statement either misunderstood or just not read? I get sick of the race card getting tossed around. Is that all you got? Pathetic......

  • Sports4Youth on February 26, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    Finally Dhoni has his way regarding Jadeja being an important member of the team and getting him in the XI. Jadeja had played 7 games in this CB series and made 101 runs at an avg.of 16.83, strike rate of 70.13 runs per 100 balls, and he has bowled 52 overs instead of 70 and has taken 2 wickets at an avg. of 142 runs per wicket, economy 5.39 runs per over. I don't understand what is so good about him that Dhoni does not want to miss out. I dont understand why is he so over-hyped.

  • cricmerc7 on February 26, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    Ladies and Gentleman... guess what... we have another story to talk about. But this time it's not mankading.. a RUNOUT. We'll see you on coming tuesday with another great story.

    By the way... Indian media Sucks big time. And hope dhoni's statement will do something good. cheers.

  • Mervo on February 26, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    Simple andy clear cut case. He was given not out and that was the correct decision.

  • SumanVarma18 on February 26, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    If D.Hussey has the time to poke out his hand to avoid getting injured, he should have tried to slow down or change the direction of his running instead, to get out of the way of the ball. He did not do so because, if he let the ball reach Dhoni, he would be out. Poor umpiring.

    Watson should have let Sachin play after he was run out. Just think how the batsman would feel after being blocked a few steps from the crease and got out. This is not good cricket. I don't think most of the Australian players are soo open minded.

  • Sione4Q on February 26, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    SAME UMPIRE, SAME SITUATION, DIFFERENT DECISIONS.......

    To me, Inzaman had less chance of getting run-out. I really don't get this one at all..

  • on February 26, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    the law should include and allow for safety of players, if he handled the ball to avoid injury he does not deserve to be given out. Props to the umpires for their decision!

  • SumanVarma18 on February 26, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    If D.Hussey has the time to poke out his hand to avoid getting injured, he should have tried to slow down or change the direction of his running instead, to get out of the way of the ball. He did not do so because, if he let the ball reach Dhoni, he would be out. Poor umpiring.

    Watson should have let Sachin play after he was run out. Just think how the batsman would feel after being blocked a few steps from the crease and got out. This is not good cricket. I don't think most of the Australian players are soo open minded.

  • on February 26, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Im sure Indian fans will use this as the excuse to loosing the match,, seems in every match they were blessed with some excuse ! grow up indians!

  • sammi_Scorpio on February 26, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    Well Hussey should have given out.. Just in football..whether intentionally or not..if a player touches the ball in 'D'...ref gives a penalty.. same way..if it was intentionally or not..hussey denied India a chance to get him run out!!!! so he shud have been given out.. abt sachin's incident..Clearly Bret Lee stood in his way..slowing him down considerably...Had he gone for the ball, I wouldn't have minded it.. but he made a run and then just stood in sachin's way knowing that he was running same line!!!! Should have shown some sports man spirit.. but honestly..I don't think it would have made much difference in the end..

  • santanuXI on February 26, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    nice again!! you don't like my comment so you don't put it here. you talk about spirit of cricket!!!!! spirit that suits you!!!

  • on February 26, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    Mr.Ashwood..Its not just the cricketers.. it looks like that some Australians generally lack the sportsmanship..Sachin was right in protesting the block by Lee.Even a gully cricketer would know where a batsman normally runs..and the cunning Lee certainly knew where was Sachin coming from and stood right there without giving way for the run..As a matter of fact Sachin ws looking very good in this series unlike your kicked out poinitng..you better learn some sportsmanship and not disgrace yourself by talking about Sachin.

  • shishirji on February 26, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    @those who says, he was protecting himself.....you dont protect yourself, by dishing your palm out and lterally catch the ball mid air...........well like always if it happens to india, world screams "get over it".......but as soon as tables turns,its bad umpiring!!!!!!!!

  • azzaman333 on February 26, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    Anyone coming to the conclusion that Hussey was out is ignorant of the laws of the game.

  • Adoh on February 26, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    Umpires decision is final. Everything else is fluff.

  • suve on February 26, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    Some who keep saying India were unlucky in this series must consider how lucky they have been without the DRS, Gambhir had 2 plumb lbw's in the tied match but was not given out. haha World Champions have been awful since the world cup and wouldn't of even made the knock out stage if it wasn't played in their own back yard, like 2007 they were knocked out in the qualifying rounds. To those who keeps bringing up Sri Lanka's Test form must be joking, as India have been worse than Sri lanka in the last 2-3 years, 8-0 losses outside the Sub Contient.

  • JazBunny on February 26, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    Ha, once again blame DJ for not winning this match. This is the style presently with the Indian cricket failures.

  • on February 26, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    This is biased umpiring and article. If you remember Inzimam ul haq given out he stopped the ball with the bat while going in reverse direction back to his stumps. Inzimam never changed his direction too.

  • kunderanengineer on February 26, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    I guess it's all academic now. India simply didn't deserve to win. Case closed. Pack your bags and go home.

  • on February 26, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    I'm unhappy with the incidents. Whole Rule & Regulation followed by the indian. 1. Be Follow the Rule. 2. Don't use abusive language.

    And the role of umpire are under scanner in the Indian matches. Umpires take time in taking decision comes from Indian sides but for India decision comes in quick time then other.

  • wjkalana on February 26, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    Heres an excuse for dhoni this time. But he never appreciate the other team plays well, and he never accepts that indian team has a weakness on batting on seaming wickets. Anyway india is almost out of the tournament. Again its SL chance to confirm that india is out of the tournament. Thank you india for being a punching bag in this tournament for SL and australia. Good luck in asia cup after all its gonna be on flat tracks so flat track bullies will come to the party.

  • singhrahulrnc on February 26, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    So its almost over for Indians In australia unless they win by a bonus point against Srilanka and australia beat srilanka in their last match...But it is clearly visible with the performance of Indians that they want to come back early from australia...coming to the 2day match it was nice to see aus were limited to 252,although Indians didn't fielded that well in the match...David Hussey should have been given out handling the ball...coming to Indian batting again there was no plan or strategy while chasing the target..why Sachin & sehwag again came to open the inning..Gambhir should have open the inning either with sachin & Sehwag..There was no fault of Lee in Sachin dismissal..There was never a run their...Why Jadeja came to bat at no 7,u should have send Pathan as I told earlier Pathan looks more confident while batting rather than his bowling..Sachin plzzzzzzz retire from One Day Cricket..This is request from Cricket Fan of India.....

  • Wannabekenobi on February 26, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    This is probably the only way india can take wickets in this tournament.... Handling the ball? Come on World Champs you can do better than that....

  • on February 26, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    People who are saying that Hussey was not out, think of this scenario....a batsman a fair way short of his ground is in the way of a fielders throw that is going towards the stumps. Does he have any right to stop the ball with his hand??? The fielder shouldn't be forced to throw a ball wide just because the batsman is in the way. He was out and that there are no two ways about it.

  • on February 26, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    The benefit of doubt goes to the batsmen ONLY when the batsmen is white. That is what I think they mean by OPEN TO INTERPRETATION.

  • ian_ghose on February 26, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    If I hadn't known any Indians and hadn't lived in India, and if my only notion of how India is, and how Indians are, was based on the kinds of comments written by them on crincinfo...I would have certainly started to believe that India is a country of retards.

  • chiggers on February 26, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    @Ved_Prakash - 'Great piece...but the decision is still left to the umpire's "subjective interpretation". And no rule should be governed based on subjectivity !!!' But the LBW decision is entirely dependent on the umpire's subjective opinion, and when attempts are made to eliminate at least some of that subjectivity, which country keeps objecting? Answers on a postcard please...

  • Vinnyvinner on February 26, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    @Luke Ashwood

    Lee clearly blocks the way for sachin and you blame sachin for poor sportsmanship well I say that's very bad judgement. Do you ever know what does sportsmanship mean.

  • Springbok111 on February 26, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    Come on Luke, the only poor sportsmanship in the Tendular / Lee incident was by the Australians. Wether intended or not (I believe the former), he was obstructed. The captain should have been offered the option of withdrawing the appeal, just like in the now infamous "Mankading" debacle. Not that he would have withdrawn it, he's Australian after all!

  • on February 26, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    Cricinfo writters always acknoledges India no matter wht happens even in their commentory. Dude there are 10 more teams playing international Cricket. And there are 100's of players playing around apart from Sachin Dhoni Sehwag

  • rengasreeniv on February 26, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    Cricket laws are vague and not clear in resolving issues. It always causes controversies. In Cricket, a batsman has no business blocking the ball using his hand. In David Hussey's, he could clearly see that the ball is coming his way, he had time to turn his head and see. Why did he not using other parts of the body to block the ball. Instead, he tired to catch it. So, whether it is intentional or unitentional, umpire's ruling here sets a wrong precedent. This opens up a loop hole where by batsman can actually claim he was trying to stop the ball from hitting him. Hence, the umpires should not go just by disjointed rules. It does not matter whether India loses or wins, what matters is: Did the umpire rule keeping in mind what effect this ruling might have in future.

  • rust01 on February 26, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    Why do Indians constantly try to look for petty little excuses when your team is losing. Why not just admit that your team is highly overrated? Indian fans always try to make themselves out to be victims and look at some of the comments on here trying to play the race card. How immature. Please publish this as it needs to be said.

  • on February 26, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    Love it! Just saw Dhoni being given out LBW when the ball is going too high, yet he's the one who refused to use the review system. Poetic Justice !

  • suve on February 26, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    @rohita25, I agree the hussey's runout should have been given out. But Tendulkar would have got in if he had run his inital line but when he thought he might be run out, he took a step towards the bowler (Lee), and it looked like lee was obstructing his line but it was Tendulkar's fault. To those indians who are bringing Sri Lanka's test match form in to this article must be pretty stupid as India has been worse than Sri Lanka in the last 2-3 years.

  • TheBengalTiger on February 26, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    If Hussey was not out then Tendulkar was also not out. But what happened? typical

  • on February 26, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    Benefit of the doubt goes to the batsman. There is so much debate, so therefore there is doubt. As for Sachin, very poor sportsmanship and he is certainly showing his age by not diving. How bizarre. Due to his recent form, he should be axed too. Lee clearly did not deliberately get in his way. Sachin is a poor runner and poor fielder. That is why Dhoni has publicly criticised him and other senior players and sticks him out on the fence, out of harms way. When he walked off the field after being dismissed, his behaviour was appalling. Poor batting, poor fielding and poor behaviour. He is losing his dignity and the respect of the world. All for chasing personal records at the expense of the team. Selfish...

  • on February 26, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    incorrect decision.......

  • on February 26, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    Steve Waugh was also given out handling the ball in the 2001 test tour of India. Attempted a sweep, ball lobbed into the air was heading to the stumps when he gloved it away intentionally.

  • D.V.C. on February 26, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    Well done Mr Monga. I applaud you for getting the interpretation exactly right. The umpires also did well, taking their time and making the right decision according to what is written. Listening to Nine's commentary I was beginning to think no one had read Law 37.1 that says that you can't be out obstructing the field by touching the ball with a hand not holding the bat, or 33.2 which says that deflecting the ball with your hand to avoid injury is allowed.

  • BellCurve on February 26, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    Tendulkar has now gone 31 international innings without scoring a century. Gambhir has gone 52 innings without a 100 and Raina an astonishing 71 innings. Together these three have gone an eye-watering 154 innings without an century. At what point will the selectors step in and force a few changes?

  • jay_brissvegas on February 26, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    This is just a shame for indian cricket in total. Score runs and then talk. If we are gonna place our loses to such trivial issues its a disgrace. Our team is a victim of BCCI politics. Look at RickyPontings exit. He is much better player and fielder presently than Sachin.Yet they decided whats best for the team. We are going to see Sachin and Sehwag in the next world cup as well. what a shame. 1.2 billion people and yet difficult to find 12 players.

  • on February 26, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    Indian fielders shouldn't have been throwing the ball anyway - everyone knows the way to try for a run-out is to roll the ball in from the outfield as though there was all the time in the world, and hope the batsman thinks it's dead. Well worth trying if ever you've been spending hours chasing leather, all your bowlers have lost their edge and you couldn't buy a wicket if there was a sale on. ;)

  • rohita25 on February 26, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    its seems rules ands regulations are only meant for indian players nt for aussies n english players.....if david hussey was nt out then wht abt tendulkar....totallly redicolousssssssssss

  • Scotty99 on February 26, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    After researching the rules, I worked out that the umpires did get it right. The obstructing the field law says "...other than a hand not holding the bat...", which means he couldn't be given out obstructing the field. The handling the ball law states "...a batsman will not be out under this Law if he handles the ball to avoid injury." They are the only two ways Hussey could have been out, so the umpires did make the correct decision.

  • Harmony111 on February 26, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    Why do the umpires assume that Lee would have deliberately obstructed Sahcin only hif he had looked back at Sachin? Any bowler knows the normal path a batsman would follow to take a run an dLee simply ran till that point and then stopped. And he didn't even need to be there in the first place - the ball wasn't hit to roll on the pitch and wasn't hit towards Lee. If a fielder is running and then suddenly stops right on the point of intersection with a bastman then it is clearly a case of obstruction. The umpires failed to see this. The reason why Shastri and Sanjay don't say too much about it it cos with India losing this would be seen as making fuss over trivial things but if one adds this with the Hussey incident then clealry India have been robbed of a win todya just like they were given one ball less in the tied match against SL.

  • steelo_esq on February 26, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    Many of these comments are laughable. Blaming either the nationality of umpires, the pitch, the Australians. If you want a reason for India failing so badly this summer you need only look at the INDIAN team no other aspects come into it. Umpires have no bias towards any country, if they do they are swiftly removed for top umpiring duties. I am no huge fan of david hussey's but he was only protecting himself, was not going to have been run out anyway and didnt change his line.

  • on February 26, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    Those who don't know the rules will say Hussey was out. He was protecting himself from being hit and in a court of law, it would be difficult to prove otherwise. You are allowed to protect yourself from being hit. Poor sprortsmanship from MS DHoni. As for the Tendulkar incident - why oh why did he give up when he was at least a metre wide of Brett Lee - he didn't even try to make his ground. if he'd dived and slid his bat he would have made it.

  • on February 26, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    given that a) he was not going to be run out b) the ball would have hit him if he didn't use his glove, i can see why he was given not out. If the handling of the ball clearly prevented him from being out then the umpires would have gavin him out.

    India and its supporters need to have a good hard look at themselves. They didn't lose 4-0 to England and Australia in tests, because of bad umpiring or sportsmanship. Same with the one day games. last year when Australia lost to england, there was no whinging about the umpires or sportsmanship.

  • on February 26, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    Clearly out, in my opinion.

  • on February 26, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    lol you may all like to read the rules ;)

  • pitch_curator on February 26, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    @ Lankan style -- How good is the Srilankan team outside the sub-continent. Never won a single test match in Australia, won 1 match in South Africa and won all their home matches due to a guy who chucks the ball. The moment that guy retired, not a single win for ages. The fact of the matter is that according to the rule of the law Hussey was out and there is no question of "interpretation". @ Hassan Rafique -- Have you even seen the Inzamam incident?? Raina threw the ball and Inzamam was facing the fielder instead of trying to reach his crease. He blocked the ball with his BAT and not hand. If he wanted to returned the ball, he would have used his hands. At least bother to look at the incident before commenting..

  • on February 26, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    @ Hassan Tariq - read the article and you will see it is the Australian and English media that think it is out and the Indian media that say not out lol

  • on February 26, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    Mr best umpire in the world (Mr simon tauefell) decisions has indeed makes his country proud, he can give out to tendulkar immediately, but while giving out to hussey his decision making got lost somewhere...not that good day for cricket...

  • on February 26, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yk8iOWTrew4

    the same simon taufel gave out for inzy. s this fair???

  • farkin on February 26, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    this is what you get when you don't have the option of referring it to the 3rd umpire but India don't like that system so live with it or get over it

  • aiyinax on February 26, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Did anybody notice that Hussey was more interested in where the ball was than in running? His hand was out long before the ball reached him and even then he had to reach out to divert the ball. The ball was heading straight at the stumps and Hussey should have taken evasive action instead of going for the ball. In Australia, the third umpire's (who was it? Oxemberg) verdict was a forgone conclusion. Regards, Aiyinax

  • on February 26, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    my goodness.. hussey was clearly not out dhoni is sooo dum... y argue he merely protected himself

  • SanjivAwesome on February 26, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    Hussey was out. Umpires made a ludicurous decision. Nevertheless, Aus will beat us fair and square for playing much better than us.

  • on February 26, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    Was out for me! The australian n english cricketers media r only gud at pointing fingers and cricising others......that shud ve been...it was like a hand ball in the box in football!..hassan from pakistan

  • gk117 on February 26, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    k leave every one saying its not out. But can some one tell me what the umpires or doing when sachin got out. y cant mr.aus umpire ask for this to third umpire. y he given immediatly it was out.

  • on February 26, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    I think it was a ridiculous decision made by the third umpire. The laws of the game are pretty clear on this. He CLEARLY stopped the ball that was going towards the stumps with his hand. Regardless of the fact whether he would have made his ground or not, he is out. India was again hard done by faulty umpiring. Also there was nothing against the spirit of the game as is suggested by many. He got a life and went on to make another 40 runs, which may cost India the game.

  • lankan_style on February 26, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    So let me get this straight? India will be kicked out of the tournament because of this incident? Give me a break! What do they have so they can be happy once they leave? Umm perhaps Sachin's 100th 100, or terrible form of Sewag? I am thinking die hard indian fans will be side by side with them, but its very annoying to see these fans cant to their head that the Indian team is no better than Bangladesh when they are playing outside of subcontinent!

  • dumuunbias on February 26, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    hussy is out.. this is not taking invasive action.he was fully guarded with all safety geras..

  • on February 26, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    I think the Indians were way out of line just to appeal for that. he was clearly saving himself. If MSD wants to play ONLY by the book then I can assure that there are many many ways by which a batsman can be out but teams usually do NOT appeal for it. The same was done in Inzamam's case when the Indian team had lost the match and Inzi wanted to return the ball back to the bowler in good faith. I guess the beating that the Indian team got recently is really getting to them !!!!

  • on February 26, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    Out. He watched the ball from the feilder's hand and deliberately changed the course of the ball. A stupid thing to do, and the the umpires' decision was even stupider.

  • on February 26, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    under exactly similar situation by an indian batsman on appeal by the same aussie fielders the same umpire would have given the indian guy out wihout blinking an eye leave alone referring to third umpire!!

  • indiaworldchamps2011 on February 26, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    all those people crying that hussey wud hv made the ground and hence the decision was right clearly dont know the rules. the rule clearly says that if u deliberatly touch the ball u r out obstructing the field doesnt matter if the batsman is going to make it to the crease or not...

  • katochnr on February 26, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    "Ian Chappell and Tony Greig thought he was out, Ravi Shastri and Sanjay Manjrekar thought he wasn't" ironic!!!

  • inblue on February 26, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    TENDULKAR is out according to laws even though he was obstructed by the bowler, but David Hussy is not out though he handles the ball, this is great consistency by the umpires and the match referee. ICC is very clear that no one will watch one-day matches any more and they want to keep the controversy going to get people to watch them.

  • jonesy2 on February 26, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    indian players whining about everything led by the captain dhoni. typical.

  • on February 26, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    I have just one question - SPIRIT OF CRICKET rules only for India?? was it not willful obstruction on Hussey's part? okay, agreed, it might not be.. then what will you call Sachin's run-out?? Not willful obstruction on Lee's part too?? such SHAME!! :/

  • Harry_Kool on February 26, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    Don't take up umpiring, Freddie, you don't even understand the laws. The writer outlined it perfectly so why is there even a discussion?

  • on February 26, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    hussey should have been given out,of course simon taufel and the third umpire are austaralians....bring neutral umpires to all int games...look what happened to sachin's dismissal...taufel did not bother to refer it....

  • Hodra99 on February 26, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    @Sir_Freddie_Flintoff ....re-read the laws of the game....your comments often provide me with a laugh!

  • on February 26, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    LoL ICC nneds to do a lot of homework.The gaame is played for ages now.Still rules are not in place.It might hit them hard on a given day.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on February 26, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    India have become desperate. Remember, it all started with England taking down the then batting greats of India. England humiliated them 4-0 and left India for the taking by anyone since then.

  • tgevans on February 26, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    The umpires really made a hash of this very textbook example of handling the ball. If this isn't out, when the runner puts his arm out and swats at the ball in a needless and very deliberate move, then the law is meaningless. It is also applied with suspicious inconsistency even by the same umpire.

  • on February 26, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    cricket laws for aussies?? David Hussey incident poor decision from umpires. Now its pathetic by sachin's out. Its very clear that Bret Lee stopped Sachin.

  • pkhunter on February 26, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    @KiwiRocker. Get over yourself. India is very much within the rights. The ball in this case was at least a good feet away from Hussey. He could have just focused on finishing the run.

  • getzafar on February 26, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    Now, please read my earlier comment here. Pretention of expressions did the trick for Australia in Sachin's run out today. B Lee did obstruct the run for Sachin intentionally. That was his whole intention of running towards the ball, i.e. to obstruct the run. That's what bowlers do intentionally. There was no way Lee's instinct would have suggested that he can pickup the ball before those closing fielders, including charging in Warner. Shame on you Aussies. First for doing that and once again for not withdrawing that appeal. SCG surely brings out the true colors of them.

  • on February 26, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    Man I am not favoring a team but am a slave of the game of cricket...

    If any Australian said today that they play fair and play hard they for sure are lying.. If Hussey's gesture wasn't cheating and then holding tendulkar out after that is fine.. Bro!! Aussies need to learn right from basics. Sorry Aussies you havent learnt the cricket the right way..

    To an extend I blame cricket for not being stronger on rules and giving rules for sportsman spirit.. especially given the fact you have teams like Australia..

    I am sorry to say this but Aussies you are a disgrace to the game.. (at the moment)

  • LuckySheera on February 26, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    True to the Aussie spirit, they just dismissed Tendulkar with 100% genuine consciousness and sportsmanship!! Take a bow guys!!

  • Andys-cricket on February 26, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    Both the umpires made the correct decision for both Hussey and Tendulakar

  • on February 26, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    Is it Team India? World Cup Winner??? I just want Suspend The Coche.

  • Harmony111 on February 26, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    Why is it that many of these controversial decisions seem to go in favour of Aussies? Years back there was a Mark Waugh Hit Wickt issue against SA and even then the 3rd umpire had ruled that he wasn't in his stroke playing stride and so gave him not out. Any Asian player would have been given out in Hussey's place today - Inzamum being one example. Murali too was given run out when he had gone out of crease after duly completeing a run. Hussey's right hand's palm was facing outwards and he was looking at the ball for a long time instead of running hard, the right hand was stretched much further than is usual and this alone suggests that the ball wasn't coming at him. Hussey can't claim that Oh I thought that ball would have hit me. Wrong thinking isn't grounds for being given not out. The 3rd umpiring in this series has been awful. Why did the upmire ask Viru to re-consider his mankaded appeal when it is clrealy mentioned in the laws? Either have laws or have the spirit of the game.

  • on February 26, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    Great piece...but the decision is still left to the umpire's "subjective interpretation". And no rule should be governed based on subjectivity !!! ICC's got to make this rule more "tangible" and "practicable" by devising a few sub-rule points like the batsman is deemed to be OUT if: 1. He obstructs the ball while the ball is in play and the batsman wilfully strikes the ball with his bat or person, other than a hand not holding the bat, after the ball has been touched by a fielder. This shall apply whether or not there is any disadvantage to the fielding side." 2. The batsman obstructs the ball without the consent of a fielder. Effectively this is Rule 37 divided to to understand the rule in more "applicable' terms. Seen in this light Hussey was OUT !!! as he handled the ball with his hand other than the hand in which he held his bat and of course, he didn't do it with the fielder's consent. This way the umpires can be more objective as this rule will apply to all teams.

  • AJ_Tiger86 on February 26, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    This was clearly out according to the laws of the game. India got robbed! This could be a match-turning decision.

  • KiwiRocker- on February 26, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    Indians have become desperate. Mankading and now this rubbish obstructing the field? What should a batsman have done? It is a normal evasive action. Law might be confusing but there is a thing called spirit of cricket. Indians tried same thing against Inzemam Ul Haq and again it was Dhoni seems to think that he is bigger than the game itself. Poor Inzemam was given out while he was trying to save himself...While on another occasion Harmison became so desperate that he once threw ball at Inzemam and again he was given out..No wonder Inzemam commented that he is out when he stops the balls..He is out when he does not....Indians should have never appealed...There is one team playing with the true spirit of game and that is not India....Dhoni needs to score runs and take wickets instead of trying desperate measures!

  • Dashgar on February 26, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    I think the fact that Hussey was cruising and wouldn't have been out even if he didn't touch the ball stand in his favour. He was flinching away from the ball while he handled it as though he thought it would hit him in the face. Clearly the umpires saw this and made the right decision.

  • CricIndia208 on February 26, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    HUSSEY WAS OUT!!!!!! ATROCIOUS UMPIRING, NOT ACCEPTABLE.

  • priceless1 on February 26, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    good decision by the third umpire.Hussy was never in danger getting run out there coz he was only Foot away from the crease when that happened..he would have made it easily to the crease if he had continue to run without trying to stop that ball from hitting him

  • on February 26, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    David was yards out of his crease when he evaded the ball ... he could have easily cleared his ground by diving.... instead he obstructed the throw..... logically thinking he was out!!!

  • on February 26, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    I remember inzi did this twice, once against india and the other against england. Also steve waugh was also given out in handling the ball against india.

  • SriSanka on February 26, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    Its clearly a not out.....because he was taking an invasive action to his protection. it can't be given out under "handling the ball" even

  • CricFan78 on February 26, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    Monga says " Because Hussey didn't change his direction, this appeal " , off course he did by raising his hand.

  • MisterObvious on February 26, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    I sincerely hope we won't see a rash of commentary by Indian supporters insisting Hussey was out & that the umps got it all wrong. Looking at it from several angles shows Huss did NOT change his direction to block the ball & that he would've been struck on the hip/upper thigh had he not swatted the ball away first. Since the right call was made, Huss wasn't "lucky" at all. Multi-angle replays pretty much take all the guesswork out of it.

  • on February 26, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    How can an umpire judge if it was intentional or not no batsman ever gets out by intention and the rule says if the batsman is outside the crease and blocks a throw it has to be given out !!!

  • on February 26, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    Steve waugh have been out handling the ball. In late 90s. After defending the ball bowled by kumble, he showed away a ball with his hands that is to hit the stumps. The keeper appealed and steve waugh didn't wait for umpire's decision and walked away.

  • Kazi1517 on February 26, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Seems it would be given out if the match would taken place in Mumbai ;)

  • sk12 on February 26, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    While it did look like Hussey was deliberately obstructing in real time, replays proved he was only only doing it to avoid the ball hitting him. Good decision in the end.

  • on February 26, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    obstruction or no obstruction India is at a crossroads right now and only if her batsman step up to the Aussie bowlers they can salvage some pride, else the world cup winners are gonna cut a comedic figure.

  • on February 26, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    if David Hussey did not intervene, he would have been run out. This only happens in Australia. David Hussey extended his hand and that was not defense! He should have been given out. This only happens in Australia...

  • getzafar on February 26, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    All those laws and sublaws in such incidents, consider very important factor about the intention of the suspect. And expressions play an important role when an umpire judges about the intentions. Thus, if anyone wants to survive such dismissals he has to be either not doing so intentionally or should be able to pretend expressionistically that he didn't do it intentionally. More often than not, the suspect will fall in the former category and will be given Not Out. Good job D Hussey.

  • farkin on February 26, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    any Australian is out once he gets on the field is what Tony Grieg thinks

  • sweetspot on February 26, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    Just two questions from me, buddies. Why was David Hussey looking back? Why did he stick his hand out? If it was his INTENT to complete the run fairly, he should have just RUN. That hand sticking out towards the ball did it for me - he was obstructing Raina's throw coming into Dhoni, who was perfectly in line to effect the run out.

  • on February 26, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    This is another joke like Mankading ,,all these is happened to India,,reason why for that??............. Inability

  • on February 26, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    that shud have been given out!!!!!! its in the rule book!!!!!

  • pkhunter on February 26, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    The batsman's job is to run. Not to be bothered about bodily harm and all that. Ravi Shastri, who was commentating at the time, may have been seen something else because there's no way David Hussey needed to really "protect" himself. From now on, we'll all start "protecting" ourselves just at the right time. David was lucky.

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  • pkhunter on February 26, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    The batsman's job is to run. Not to be bothered about bodily harm and all that. Ravi Shastri, who was commentating at the time, may have been seen something else because there's no way David Hussey needed to really "protect" himself. From now on, we'll all start "protecting" ourselves just at the right time. David was lucky.

  • on February 26, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    that shud have been given out!!!!!! its in the rule book!!!!!

  • on February 26, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    This is another joke like Mankading ,,all these is happened to India,,reason why for that??............. Inability

  • sweetspot on February 26, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    Just two questions from me, buddies. Why was David Hussey looking back? Why did he stick his hand out? If it was his INTENT to complete the run fairly, he should have just RUN. That hand sticking out towards the ball did it for me - he was obstructing Raina's throw coming into Dhoni, who was perfectly in line to effect the run out.

  • farkin on February 26, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    any Australian is out once he gets on the field is what Tony Grieg thinks

  • getzafar on February 26, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    All those laws and sublaws in such incidents, consider very important factor about the intention of the suspect. And expressions play an important role when an umpire judges about the intentions. Thus, if anyone wants to survive such dismissals he has to be either not doing so intentionally or should be able to pretend expressionistically that he didn't do it intentionally. More often than not, the suspect will fall in the former category and will be given Not Out. Good job D Hussey.

  • on February 26, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    if David Hussey did not intervene, he would have been run out. This only happens in Australia. David Hussey extended his hand and that was not defense! He should have been given out. This only happens in Australia...

  • on February 26, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    obstruction or no obstruction India is at a crossroads right now and only if her batsman step up to the Aussie bowlers they can salvage some pride, else the world cup winners are gonna cut a comedic figure.

  • sk12 on February 26, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    While it did look like Hussey was deliberately obstructing in real time, replays proved he was only only doing it to avoid the ball hitting him. Good decision in the end.

  • Kazi1517 on February 26, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Seems it would be given out if the match would taken place in Mumbai ;)