Pune v Kolkata, IPL 2013, Pune May 9, 2013

'You're calling me a cheat?'

Plays of the day from the IPL match between Pune Warriors and Kolkata Knight Riders

The short fuse

"You're calling me a cheat," grumbled Jacques Kallis to umpire Sudhir Asnani in a rare moment of rage after his appeal for a run out at the non-striker's end was turned down by the third umpire, Simon Taufel, because of lack of evidence. The ball, according to the bowler, had flicked his boot on its way to the stumps and had caught the non-striker Aaron Finch backing up too far. Two balls later, Kallis hit Finch's offstump with a cutter and immediately turned back to give Asnani another long stare. He did talk to the umpire at the end of the over to clear the air.

A first for the bowler

Bhuvneshwar Kumar had picked up 235 wickets in all forms of cricket before this match, but his 236th was the first of its kind for him. Knight Riders' openers were cruising along, often charging out, which prompted Finch to ask the wicketkeeper to stand up to the bowler. Bhuvneshwar got one to swing back into Manvinder Bisla, it sneaked through the gap between bat and pad and Mahesh Rawat flicked the bails off as the batsman dragged the foot out, giving the bowler his first wicket through a stumping.

The slap

Ryan ten Doeschate played only three matches last season and it didn't look like this season was going to bring any more luck as the allrounder didn't find a place in the XI till today. With Knight Riders' campaign all but over, he finally did get a look in. When he arrived in the middle to bat, the team had squandered a frenetic start to get bogged down, but ten Doeschate provided the release with a ferocious slap shot off an Angelo Mathews delivery in the 17th over that went a long over midwicket and set the tone for the late acceleration.

The slap that didn't go too far

Parvez Rasool bowled an impressive spell in his debut IPL match but when the allrounder came in to bat, the match was all but over. In the last over bowled by L Balaji, he charged down the pitch, made some room and flat-batted a slower delivery back to the bowler, but Balaji, in his follow through, stuck his right hand out and grabbed the speeding ball out of thin air, leaving Rasool smiling at the absolute absurdity of that catch.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Sarang on May 10, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    @David King..trusting players for catches and incidents like these is very dangerous as we have seen in the past. Its not just about integrity of some players vs others but also perception of players when catching low ones where they think the ball carried or when they think they didn't touch the boundary rope but infact they did. Its matter of a second and even with most honest players, it can get wrong. Technology might not be conclusive every time but its still better than completely relying on players and when technology proves them wrong, people will start calling them cheats when they actually didn't realise the catch was grounded or rope was touched. So I would favour umpires taking decision based on what they see on TV.Also,Kallis was completely wrong this time. This kind of behaviour is unacceptable from a player of such experience like him and should be penalised for highest degree dissent to umpire. Absolutely agree with comments from Viralrathod,abcdef_12345.

  • Dummy4 on May 10, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    kallis should be fined , is he the first player whose appeal was turned down. his behaviour is reprehensible and uncalled for. umpire decision is final and that's that. who does he think he is?

  • srikanthan on May 10, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    who was the umpire , was it Asnani or Taufel. Kallis, usually a composed cricketer but one sees that IPL brings out the dormant aggression even in calm and composed players. We saw the hint of the same in Rahul Dravid when he brokered a peace between watson and Bisla but did so animatedly which is quite departure from his usual method.Kallis is as much a well behaved person as Dravid or a Tendulkar or a VVS or a Kumle , or a Viru or a Dhoni.

    Just give him the benefit of the IPL laced aggression

  • Vivek on May 10, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    Respect for rahul dravid and MSD keeps on increasing after watching such incidents. First gilli and then kallis. Two important flagbearers of the gentlemen's game losing their cool.

  • Dummy4 on May 10, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    I couldn't believe that Kallis reactions of his disappointing and also after getting that wicket. Even though one of the most respected experience and talented best all rounder in all format, sad to see his behavior without understanding how difficult call made by Umpires.

  • Dummy4 on May 10, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    This was always going to happen at some stage - there was an identical situation in SA domestic cricket earlier this year. Cricket has chosen the course of NOT trusting the players and rather relying on TV (a 2D medium notoriously poor for 3D decisions) to make calls such as these. You would never get TV cameras in a golf bunker judging whether a player had grounded his club illegally or not - the players are relied upon to call themselves. C'mon cricket - rely on the players for catches and situations like this.

  • Dummy4 on May 10, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    As per the MCC rule, the on field umpire can ask the assistance of the 3rd umpire only if he confirmed that the ball is hit or disturb by the objective before hit the non strikers end, so now 3rd umpire's role is whether the batsman out of the crease while the bails off, so i think here both on field & 3rd umpires r wrong, nothing wrong with kallis and of course there is enough deviation at the ball after it hit the nails of the kallis's boot

  • Dummy4 on May 10, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    Kallis over teacted. .Simon taufel was right in giving the benefit of doubt to the batsman. .KKR batsman against chennai got a clos decisiin in his favour did CSK skipper react the way kallis did??

  • mohammad on May 10, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    shradhasaraogi No matter how great player Kallis is, Simon Taufel is also a great umpire.Third umpire will see evidence.He cannot give out or not out depending on who is appealing.Otherwise all appeals by Kallis need to be given out and all appeals by Bhatia need to be given not out.The incident happened in less than a half-second.How can Kallis be so sure about that? The fact is Kallis is not in great batting form but he is playing every matches because Gambhir backs him just like he backs Yousuf Pathan.So, he was under pressure.If he had normal mindset, he would not argue with an on field umpire for a third umpire's decision.

  • mohammad on May 10, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    Does that mean if a bowler appeals for an LBW and umpire turns down the appeal, the umpires calls the bowler a cheat?

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