T20 World Cup – Pak Vs Ind: Brad Hogg And Shoaib Akhtar Raise The Flaw Of Umpiring

T20 World Cup - Pak Vs Ind

The T20 World Cup match between India-Pakistan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground saw a thrilling finish with India sealing the win by four wickets. Virat Kohli starred in India’s run chase of 160 runs with an unbeaten 82 off 53 deliveries. He was adjudged the player of the match. But the match had its share of controversies too.

The Controversial No Ball

In over #20, Virat Kohli smashed a full toss for a six over mid-wicket. The umpires, to the displeasure of the Pakistan players, signaled a no-ball and India needed just 6 runs off 3 deliveries. Despite Babar Azam’s appeals, the umpires stood by their decision. Why?

Wait…There’s More

Virat Kohli was bowled off the free hit but the Indian batters collected three runs as the ball ricocheted off the stumps to the third-man boundary. Pakistan appealed for a dead ball to be declared, but the three runs stood. India was able to see the game out as Ashwin lofted the last ball off the over past mid-off for four runs.

Brad Hogg and Shaoib Akhtar Raises Concerned

Former Australia cricketer Brad Hogg criticized the decision by the umpires. “Why was no ball not reviewed, then how can it not be a dead ball when Kohli was bowled on a free hit?” he tweeted.

The pace icon Shoaib Akhtar also questioned the umpire’s decision, which completely changed the complexion of the game.

According to International Cricket Council (ICC)

As per the ICC rules, “If the batsman is caught out on a free hit, then the runs taken by him will count till the fielder has caught the ball…. after that, the dead ball becomes dead. Whereas if a batsman gets bowled on a free hit delivery, the ball becomes dead immediately & the batsman isn’t eligible to run.”

Netizens are quite unhappy as they were considering that the umpires were in favor of the Indian team.


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