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India v Australia, World Cup 2011, Ahmedabad

Wasted reviews, and the perfect legbreak

Plays of the Day from the quarterfinal between India and Australia in Ahmedabad

Brydon Coverdale and Nagraj Gollapudi at Motera

March 24, 2011

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Sachin Tendulkar had a bowl, India v Australia, India v Australia, 2nd quarter-final, Ahmedabad, World Cup 2011, March 24, 2011
Sachin Tendulkar bowling is a rare sight in cricket these days © AFP
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The shot of the day
At his best, Ricky Ponting makes batting look as easy as breathing. Unfortunately for Australia, his best has not often been seen in the past year. But when Ponting advanced down the pitch and lifted Yuvraj Singh over cover for six, it appeared as simple as playing a forward defence. Ponting played some fine shots in his innings, but that stroke, which took him to 72, was the "wow" moment.

The non-appeal
R Ashwin was so certain that he had Cameron White caught behind in the 38th over that he didn't even bother appealing, clapping as he walked down the wicket to congratulate MS Dhoni on the catch. There was just one problem. White wasn't going anywhere, and the umpire Marais Erasmus hadn't raised his finger. A review was inevitable, but the replays showed Erasmus was spot on - the ball had lobbed up off White's forearm as he tried to sweep, and had not touched his gloves as the bowler thought.

Munaf redux
When Brad Haddin flung hands, shoulders, bat and bloody murder straight towards Munaf Patel in his second over, the man called Munna would have seen his life - or at least the World Cup - flash in front of his eyes. When Kevin Pietersen had lashed one at him in Bangalore, Munaf had flung up his hands to stop the ball, landed on his derriere, and seen the ball pop up tamely for the easiest of return catches. In Ahmedabad, Haddin's retort had been so fierce, that the ball burst through his palms and screamed all the way to the boundary.

The Warne moment
Sachin Tendulkar brought the full house to its feet by coming on to bowl the 30 over. Having bowled a full toss on his second ball, Tendulkar might have given the Aussies a false sense of comfort. His next delivery was a perfect slow leg break, straight out of Shane Warne's book. The flight was perfect, luring Ponting to come out, but then it dipped and then it turned square, leaving Ponting, the Indians and the 45,000 fans gasping.

The DRS moment
India got their DRS reviews muddled not once but twice. Egged on by Munaf, Dhoni asked for a review when Brad Haddin was hit on the left thigh. Even the naked eye could tell that the ball, even if it had pitched on middle, was travelling over the stumps. Replays confirmed that and the Indians returned to business abashed. The second review was used unsuccessfully for the Ashwin-White appeal. Once strident opponents of the DRS, the Indians were in a rush to use it today, and eventually Ricky Ponting escaped a certain lbw shout when on 91.

Catch controversy of the day
Ricky Ponting. India. A catch that fell short. It had all the combustible ingredients required for an A-grade blow-up. When Gautam Gambhir clipped a Shane Watson delivery to square leg and Ponting dived forward in an attempt to get his fingers under the ball. It wasn't immediately clear whether a clean catch had been taken. But lest there be any flashbacks to Sydney, Ponting didn't appear to claim the catch this time, and let the umpires decide what to do. They went upstairs for help and the TV official saw a replay that clearly showed the ball bouncing short of Ponting's hands. The crowd was unhappy with the Australia captain, but he seemed to have done nothing wrong, uncertain if he had grasped the ball cleanly or not.

Harikari of the day
Two overs, four balls, three run-out chances. India needed 94 with six still standing, Ricky Ponting, who could hit a bulls eye wearing a pirate's patch a year ago, squandered the first juicy chance. Yuvraj Singh tapped Mitchell Johnson to the leg side, straight towards Ponting at midwicket. Yuvraj was disinclined to sprint, but his partner Gautam Gambhir was already out off the blocks. He was turned away by Yuvraj, was left stranded out of the crease, but Ponting who failed to pick up the ball cleanly, and when he did, his throw missed by inches.

Two balls later there was more. Yuvraj played all over a fastish David Hussey delivery, and the ball rolled towards the unmanned leg side. Gambhir screamed for a single. Yuvraj, disinterested initially, started and stopped. Gambhir twisted and turned. But Brad Haddin, who had rushed to collect the ball threw to the wrong end. Gambhir, who was left stranded for the second time, walked back to safety. Amazingly the duo had another absolutely identical brain fade off the very next delivery. Gambhir was left stranded and fuming, and this time the Aussies made sure they were not going to let the Indian pair escape. Gambhir walked off shaking his head in disgust and mouthing abuse that would have horrified a few million parents watching with offspring for company.

Brydon Coverdale and Nagraj Gollapudi are assistant editors at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Faheem Ahmed on (March 25, 2011, 6:13 GMT)

@ landl47 If third umpire take somoto action on every appeal then lot of time will waste, I think current system is best, but it will take some time to teams to used to of it.

Posted by Manesh on (March 25, 2011, 4:08 GMT)

Why Ricky Ponting boo-ed by the gallery. Australia must think about this. Even a Pakistani captain never faced this situation in India. Australia must teach their players how to behave. Even Tait did sledging to Sachin who is know as the best gentleman of the game!. If you do not know how to play with bat and ball, just stop playing...thats enough.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 24, 2011, 23:57 GMT)

Sachin is a still a crowd puller at the age of 37. It`s amazing. Crowd always wants him to show all his talents . Crowd went ecxited when he comes to bowl 30th over of 2nd innings of 2nd quarter final at Motera. It`s really good to see him performing all the time. All the best Sachin.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 24, 2011, 23:06 GMT)

Nice caption.

SACHIN LEG BREAK: At times I wonder why didn't he concentrate more on on his bowling earlier in his career - he could bowl slow medium pace (swing both sides) and BOTH off & leg breaks!! With this versatileness he could have achieved much more and would have been more useful cricketer that what he's now.

BTW - why can Sachin teach leggies to Piyush Chawla?? :-)

REVIEWS: The 2 reviews that India called for were CLEARLY not outs or at least had some doubts. Teams should not waste reviews and TIME for reviews like this - when you have some doubts in mind. On the top of that when they actually needed to review the team will not have any left - like for the LBW appeal against Ponting when he was 87 when Bhajji was bowling.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 24, 2011, 22:19 GMT)

the perfect leg break was actually bowled to michael clarke and not ricky ponting..

Posted by rajshekhar on (March 24, 2011, 20:10 GMT)

The ball that sachin did a warne was bowled to Michael Clarke but not to Punter. Please rectify it . :)

Posted by Ravi on (March 24, 2011, 19:56 GMT)

India were lucky to escape the two run outs ..!!If one of them would have hit India would have gone out..Poor Ponting ..is too old for fielding :) But India will surey lose to Pak in Semis..

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 24, 2011, 19:55 GMT)

@landl47: Please explain how you practice using the DRS??But I agree with ur point how every decision should be discussed...

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 24, 2011, 19:39 GMT)

Gambhir run out was very school-boyish. Did he think the Aussies were sleeping to let him off one more time? Very poor thinking, especially in a quarter-final.

Posted by kanas on (March 24, 2011, 19:21 GMT)

The most crucial moment was uv punching johnson striaght after being beaten and looking scratchy as he usually does at his start of innings..after tat it was all one way

Posted by Nikhil on (March 24, 2011, 19:13 GMT)

@landl47: That's unfortunately not possible. It will tremendously increase the innings time. Even the plumb out decisions will be reviewed for not out verdict and vice versa. That sounds very impractical. I agree with you that there has to be some solution, but what solution?

Posted by BR on (March 24, 2011, 19:10 GMT)

@landl47 - your suggestion is logical. but it also makes the role of the on-field umprire non-essential. it may be what spectators want (usually only when the home side is appealing), but is certainly not what icc may want.

Posted by Shane on (March 24, 2011, 19:10 GMT)

Punter - from a Kiwi who has been frustrated and annoyed by your class many times over the years - you are a legend mate. Way to should those critics down. I didn't watch this games but what I know of Ricky tells me this was sheer determination to get to 100.

You aren't always a shining example of sportsmanship, but the star quality of your batting is beyond question.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 24, 2011, 19:01 GMT)

today sehwag played because india want sehwag factor.... he was not looking fit and was not in touch.... anyway we wish him speedy recovery....

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 24, 2011, 18:55 GMT)

The umpires have pretty good with some of them having almost a 100% correct call

Posted by Saravanamuthu on (March 24, 2011, 18:53 GMT)

Instead of Dhoni...v can tke yusuf pathan, who scores better

Muthu, Chennai

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 24, 2011, 18:45 GMT)

The reviews sshould be used lethargically. First the situation must be assessed and then only review asked for. Clear chance of making Ponting out has been nullified.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 24, 2011, 18:36 GMT)

The review system was introduced to correct some false decisions, not to go up for every lbw decisions. It was introduced keeping in mind the famous Sydney Test, which had many controversial decisions.... Imagine, the First review taken by India, the impact was on the thigh pad, any bowler in his senses, wouldn't have taken the review.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 24, 2011, 18:32 GMT)

I believe the ball that turned the batsmen square was Michael Clarke - not Ponting..

Posted by Martin on (March 24, 2011, 18:31 GMT)

Completely agree @landl47. At least the outcome wasn't affected. I've hammered Ponting on here for months - but I've got to give him credit today - he was the only Australian who turned up. Tait & Johnson made mullets of themselves again. Tait won't play ODI again for Aus and Johnson needs to be dropped (and may be trotted out only to play @Perth....). But I think India were unstoppable once Aus only got to 260 and it was only 260 because of Pontings efforts - So Well played Ricky.

Posted by Arjuna on (March 24, 2011, 18:22 GMT)

CONGRATS to our northern neighbors. Now if only the SL vs AU match had been completed, we could have had Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India ALL beating the ex-world champs ... wouldn't THAT have been satisfaction to the power of three?

Posted by fr.thommy on (March 24, 2011, 18:22 GMT)

After 46.1 overs, here came the gem from the commentators:

Ravi Shasthri: If India win this match, then that put an end to Australia's claim on the world cup that lasted for 11 years and 11 months

And you could hear a gem coming out from the background, this time by Tom Moody, "I got the 11 seconds"

and Ravi was in no mood for a compromise, he added, "and 11 more runs needed."

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 24, 2011, 18:18 GMT)

Crowd goes crazy ... when GOD touches the ball. .be it fielding or bowling... happy to see some real spins from Sachin... Love you Sachin...

Posted by VASANTHI on (March 24, 2011, 18:15 GMT)

I am really surprised to see that no one never said anything about Dhoni. He played in a very irresponsible way today. If it wasn't for Yuvraj ,Australia would have been playing the semis. If Dhoni was not the captain, would he be still in the team? It is not Dhoni's midas touch winning the game for us. It is our players, their determination and skills. Dhoni has been really useless as a batsman and very average wicket keeper. Yuvraj should be rewarded for his marvellous effort and the way he matured. He should be considered for captaincy.

Posted by dinesh on (March 24, 2011, 18:08 GMT)

For DRS, they should say after 2 free review, team will be charged 6 runs for every unsuccessful reviews. By this way they can still review at a cost of 6 runs as extras to the opponent if unsuccessful. It brings control as well as gives opportunity.

Posted by James on (March 24, 2011, 18:05 GMT)

I agree. To save time, UDRS should be scrapped. However, the third umpire should be given capacity to intervene and override the on-field umpire's decision if he finds something wrong. But, this must be done pretty soon before the batsman leaves the ground or something like that.

Posted by omkar on (March 24, 2011, 17:55 GMT)

Jai Hind! Congrats to BharatMa on an emphatic win. BHAGAVAN kripa ensured the victory.

Posted by Anuj on (March 24, 2011, 17:51 GMT)

@landl47 that way 20-20 matches will complete in 8 hrs and ODi will become a test match. Then why even we need a ground umpire, let all 3 sit in comfort and make right decisions.....all cricket need is some more sportsmanship....

Posted by J Ranjith on (March 24, 2011, 17:50 GMT)

@landl47: It was not a team's fault to use up the reviews. If only two reviews can be done, and it is used up, DRS is not providing justice, for which reason this technology has been introduced in Cricket. Why do not we discuss on using the technology more effectively rather than bringing confusions through DRS and then start the blame-game going around forever? This is the very reason Indian team doesn't like DRS - Either make justice available to everyone fairly or do not talk about using DRS to provide false comfort of providing justice.

Posted by Manohar on (March 24, 2011, 17:44 GMT)

I felt the same too..They haven't even thought for a moment that the how reviews might be very useful in the game like this.

Posted by rahul on (March 24, 2011, 17:43 GMT)

india vs pakistan semi-final a dream come true for every cricket fan this is the sub continent flavour of ashes and the most hard fought also

fingers crossed for india to win

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 24, 2011, 17:11 GMT)

Not feasible! So much time will be wasted as every decision is reviewed!

Posted by John on (March 24, 2011, 16:41 GMT)

Can't argue with landl there...

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 24, 2011, 15:52 GMT)

@ landl47...if every decision is reviewed, each ODI will last 5 days and each test will be timeless! I would just appeal every single ball just in case the third umpire finds something interesting. Crazy!

Posted by Kalyanaraman on (March 24, 2011, 15:42 GMT)

Sachin is a better legspinner than Piyush Chawla.

Posted by John on (March 24, 2011, 14:24 GMT)

The Indian side have had less experience than other sides with the DRS (their own faulkt for refusing to use it) and wasted both reviews today. As a result, the one shout which should have been reviewed wasn't. It's time this reviw process was altered. The three umpires should be making the decisions between them; every decision should be automatically reviewed and the third umpire should be contacting the on-field umpires if he sees anything which doesn't look right. That way the best possible decision is reached every time.

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