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    March 15, 2005

    Nirmal Shekar: Should Tendulkar have set an example by 'walking'?

    Nirmal Shekar, who never misses an opportunity to run down the Indian team, especially when it comes to philosophical and moral issues, struck yet again last week. He wrote wondering why Tendulkar did not walk after being wrongly given not-out by Rudi Koertzen on the third day at Mohali.

    He compares Tendulkar's reluctance to walk with Adam Gilchrist's self-righteous stance on the the issue. I'd say he's far off the mark. Tendulkar's stand is as balanced as Gilchrist's is. Tendulkar will not question the judgement of the umpire. Gilchrist will not wait for the umpire, under most circumstances. Perhaps he realizes that being an Aussie is a big enough advantage with the umpires.

    The umpire didnt rule Tendulkar out, so he didnt walk at Mohali. The umpire ruled him out, wrongly, at Brisbane in 2003. He trudged off with the greatest possible dignity. Yes, he did misread the delivery and padded up wrongly. But he didnt question the decision other than having a look of disbelief when Bucknor's finger went up. So I fail to see why Tendulkar should join the "walkers club". I still maintain that the decision to walk adopted by Gilchrist is one of convenience.

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