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    June 25, 2006

    Making excuses

    Siva talking during lunch break with Jones looked extremely pissed off with the umpiring...and this is the same Siva who 'went with the flow' during all those errors during test 2. That should give you an indication, those who are not watching, of how pathetic it has been out there.

    Siva, in fact, came out with numbers(!!)...9 close appeals by Kumble, 3 by Munaf and 1 each by Bhajji and Veeru denied by Jerling. Add to it 3 wrong ones, ofcourse again by Jerling, going against India when me a whiner...but this, for me, is just not cricket anymore.
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    at last some sane voice. if u r watching straight drive they have no problems with those decisions!!!. really what must be kumble be thinking right now.

    By Anonymous pamthree (25-Jun-2006, 10:05:00 PM)  

    Can't wait until they allow teams to counter-appeal a decision...

    By Blogger Pratik (26-Jun-2006, 7:11:00 AM)  

    in this case, counter-appealing is a waste. i wud say "kick that idiot called jerling". i wud have been happy with bucknor, when i see jerling. i am sure, he is blind or he is atrociously against india for some reason or may be he is related to gibbs/boje.

    india has had too many problems with umpires recently. i hope the bcci or whoever takes this up immediately to the icc as its so disheartening to see so many bad decisions in one game esp. when everything goes against your team.

    and my worst fear has come alive - jerling never gave any lbw decisions for the first 3 days and then probably saw some video clippings and realised he shud give some of them and tried to make amends by saying yes to some horrible ones - unfortunately india have started to bad when he realised.

    By Blogger Ganesh (26-Jun-2006, 8:01:00 AM)  

    Yesterday night I watched till 9 down for 330 odd. I was hoping that Lara'd enforce the follow on and Jerling'd do his thing of being a not-outer every alternate innings and that India'd benefit from his notouts and that Lara's men would be caught cold by him in the fourth.

    B%(*@rd Brian!

    By Blogger Jagadish (26-Jun-2006, 2:37:00 PM)  

    Oh and by the way, anyone else noticed that Collins absolutely did NOT appeal when he had Laxman ct. behind? He just kept running on, assuming that the wicket was taken. When he realized Jerling hadn't yet ruled Laxman out, he turned around and raised both his arms.

    Sreesanth had a nice long appeal against [I think] Sarwan.

    I fully expect Sree to be fined 20% of his match fee. We'll also hear Dave Richardson defend Collins and the lack of action taken against him.

    By Blogger Jagadish (26-Jun-2006, 2:43:00 PM)  

    Now Simon Tafel has a bizarre reason not to consider Kumble's shouts.. Any reasonable analysis tells that 90% of Kumble's balls hit the stumps and the only things to consider are whether pitched in line and whether the ball hit bat or pad first..So,decision making should be far more simpler.

    By Anonymous Anonymous (28-Jun-2006, 8:03:00 PM)  

    Yes. I read about that excuse [not reason!] in Khaleej Times. If anything, Taufel's argument isn't borne out by the statistics - 24% of Kumble's wickets are lbw while the corresponding number for Warne is 19%.

    I'm assuming here that Kumble and Warne, both get lbws predominantly with their straighter deliveries. I can't quite see how a legbreak pitching outside leg-stump will result in an lbw, unless of course umpires really do get suckered by Warne telling them about how he's going to bowl the next ball etc.

    By Blogger Jagadish (28-Jun-2006, 8:37:00 PM)  

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