England in India 2012-13 January 21, 2013

Pietersen cautioned over dissent

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kevin Pietersen has been given a gentle reminder over his on-pitch behaviour following the obvious disappointment he exhibited after his dismissal in the third ODI in Ranchi.

Pietersen was adjudged by umpire S Ravi to have been caught behind off Ishant Sharma for 17 but lingered in the crease for several seconds in apparent disbelief at the decision.

While Pietersen may well have been unfortunate with the dismissal, replays suggesting that the ball brushed only his thigh, England's limited-overs coach, Ashley Giles, supported the action of the match referee, Andy Pycroft, to have an informal chat with Pietersen.

Giles was particularly keen to remind Pietersen how difficult umpiring could be in conditions as noisy as the ODI in Ranchi where umpires have little hope of distinguishing between the noise of the bat clipping the pad or the ball clipping the edge of the bat.

"Andy was right to speak to Kev," Giles admitted, "but I think common sense prevailed. It was just a little word. I didn't think it was a reaction, more disappointment from Kev.

"But we've got to be careful with reactions to decisions. It's tough for the umpires here, it's so loud that decision making is tough. We understand that."

Pycroft also had a brief conversation with Giles, taking the chance to talk with the England coach after bumping into him in the toilet at Ranchi airport. "It was in the gents," Giles said. "So that was a nice scene for my first meeting with the match referee."

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  • shankar on January 23, 2013, 22:07 GMT

    India won the ODI series only due to poor decisions made by umpires. DRS should be made mandatory for all matches.

  • Simon on January 23, 2013, 3:05 GMT

    Kev got a poor decision, no doubt, but you have to feel for the umpires. they're a bit hung-out-to-dry without the DRS. I like the fact that cricket doesn't tolerate dissent, indeed, as a cricket fan I'm proud of it, and it's right that the match referee reminded KP of that.

  • Paras on January 22, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    Disgraceful from the English team. And the English fans have gone one step further and have started criticizing the umpire, match referee and the BCCI!

  • subash on January 22, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    As far as I know, the issue is not about whether to allow DRS or not. Rather it is about who is going to pay for DRS. Isn't it ?. So, I think its the ICC who should be bashed for not standing up not the BCCI.

  • subash on January 22, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    I really feel pity for the people reasoning here when they say that the reason for India not going for DRS is because most of the bad decision goes in India's favour..haha..halarious!!!

  • Jay on January 22, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    Fair enough Kevin. I mean, his decision left a lot to be desired in terms of umpiring standards in India and the overall attitude towards the DRS from the BCCI. However, the only error Pietersen committed after attempting to play the delivery was that he turned behind to look at the wicket keeper. That probably gave an indication to the umpire that KP had edged it. So I feel sorry for both the umpire as well as KP. Speaking of umpires, why are Indian umpires officiating in this series ? Shouldn't it be neutrals at both ends ? Or did I miss an important ICC ruling addressing umpire allocation for a bilateral series ? Someone 'enlighten' me. :D

  • Harmon on January 22, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    @Sohansunny: Really? Do you say that players are to be given a warning if they are given out wrongly? Do you even know why KP has been given the warning? The very1st and 2nd paragraph of this article explains it why....

  • Allan on January 22, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    India is the only country that does not support DRS for obvious reasons. The umpires decisions go more in favour towards them. They are the most powerful board today. The ICC should make DRS mandatory across the boards so that the playing platform is equal throughout the cricketing globe. Not skewed in Asia or rather india to be exact.

  • Sohan on January 22, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    DRS should be made mandatory. Even Yuvraj Singh was given out on a poor decision in the second ODI. Surprised why he wasn't given a warning.

  • sameer on January 22, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    I really do not understand why cricket administrators want players to be so 'robotic'. So he hung around, big deal!! He did not really say anything significant or it was nothing like the Warne saga. This is a non-issue really and the game would be fine as long as no one really crosses the line. Just get on with it plz

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