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    SR Tendulkar c. Akmal b. Bucknor 52

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    Cut down in full flight

    The Wisden Verdict by Dileep Premachandran in Kolkata

    March 18, 2005

    Until Steve Bucknor, who has gradually assumed the role of a Prince of Darkness in the Sachin Tendulkar story, extinguished the lights, the master was proceeding resolutely towards what might have been a career-defining innings. Every batting legend has produced a magnum opus comparable to Beethoven's Fifth or Picasso's Guernica Vivian Richards and Sunil Gavaskar chose The Oval as their canvas, making 291 (1976) and 221 (1979) respectively, while Sir Garfield Sobers chose the MCG to script an epic 254 for the Rest of the World against Australia (1971-72).

    Tendulkar, whose first Test century at Old Trafford announced a talent every bit as precocious as Mozart who was all of four when Twinkle Twinkle was composed came closest to such a innings for the ages in Chennai six years ago, but a glorious 136 was ruined by the jarring notes that followed in its wake. Rahul Dravid, who matched him stroke for stroke during a wonderful partnership today, can point to two such gems the 148 at Headingley which is perhaps just shaded by the 233 at Adelaide against Steve Waugh's near Invincibles.

    Whinges about officiating are not the sole preserve of cricket, witness the recent Jose Mourinho-Anders Frisk fracas, but a diabolical decision like that which sent Tendulkar on his way the reprieve he got in Mohali was just as nonsensical can only push cricket one step closer to technology's embrace. With a Test match, and perhaps a series, tantalisingly poised, what wasn't needed was a judgement so flawed that it made you wonder whether umpires should be offered the light too.

    The Tendulkar-Dravid partnership should have been the crowning glory of a fabulous day's cricket, when India's bowlers finally woke from the torpor that had seized them on the final day at Mohali. They did everything that they hadn't done then, or yesterday, building pressure and forcing mistakes, though it still required a bizarre leave from Yousuf Youhana and a half-hearted prod from Inzamam-ul-Haq who had been batting like a dream for them to seize the initiative.

    Asim Kamal, Abdul Razzaq and Kamran Akmal, who so distinguished themselves when making a mockery of near-impossible odds in the first Test, failed when confronted with a situation where they had to set the tone, but by then, Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble were finally bowling with the purpose and variety that had been in scarce supply 24 hours earlier.

    They were backed up magnificently by the relentless probing of Lakshmipathy Balaji and the renaissance of Irfan Pathan, who was as sharp and incisive today as he had been pallid earlier. What could have been a deficit of 100 runs was turned into a slim 14-run lead, and the opportunity to set Pakistan a challenging target on a slowly deteriorating pitch.

    Tendulkar, though, will have no part to play in what promises to be an intriguing penultimate day. A few weeks from now, jealous mediocrity will crawl out of the woodwork and nibble at his reputation, citing that inability to apply the finishing touches. In a democracy, that must be tolerated, as were the Philistines who mocked and persecuted Galileo. Only those who sat and watched a gorgeous sunrise obscured by a man-made storm can appreciate how close a supreme batting artist came to painting in the one blank space in an otherwise breathtaking canvas.
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    "Razzaq to Tendulkar, out Caught by Akmal!!, ball moving out, Sachin plays a bit far from his body, the ball is inches away from the bat, there is no appeal from the behind, only Razzaq appeals and we just dont have words for Steve Bucknor, we just hope he never officates again, Sachin is aghast "

    "There is not even and appeal and Bucknor who harbours ill will against India makes it clear yet again, what a stupid old man he is."

    "The blind Bucknor cannot see that the ball was inches away from the bat, there was day light between bat and ball, the Indian spectators doesnt deserver this stupid umpiring, we should all in unison make sure Bucknor is banned for life from umpiring against India"

    "It is very very clear that the decision was given deliberately, no way could Bucknor made a mistake there, that was 110% deliberate."

    "We cannot and should not ignore this decision as this is not part of the game but a decision given deliberately by an umpire scheming against India"
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    I personally think it was an absolutely horrific decision, a complete farce of a situation due to the actions of Steve Bucknor. The wicket-keeper appealed only after the decision was made, and the first slipper can be observed placing his hands on his head. Additionally, there was a clear 2-3 inches of daylight between bat and ball and no noise whatsoever. Perhaps one of the worst decisions in test cricket history, Sachin was looking absolutely amazing in the middle and this is a real case where an umpiring blunder has deprived the fans, and the player himself, of a historic moment in test match cricket.

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    Okay Bukcnor has proved in the last one and half years that he is far from the superb umpire he was in the past. Liam may disagree but facts are facts.

    But the Tendulkar dismissal, a bad decision given by an umpire is part and parcel of sport and should be taken in the right spirit by the Indians and should not spoil the spirit of the good cricket played.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pratyush
    Okay Bukcnor has proved in the last one and half years that he is far from the superb umpire he was in the past. Liam may disagree but facts are facts.

    But the Tendulkar dismissal, a bad decision given by an umpire is part and parcel of sport and should be taken in the right spirit by the Indians and should not spoil the spirit of the good cricket played.
    agreed totally

    but y this happens all the time (Tendulkar and Bucknor )!!!!!

    and thinks this will be closed soon
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    Quote Originally Posted by biased indian
    and thinks this will be closed soon
    I dont think it should be closed.

    Its a controversial subject but I dont think its close worthy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pratyush
    I dont think it should be closed.

    Its a controversial subject but I dont think its close worthy.
    it could be one reason but the one i thought was because there is a tour thread already

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    This game is a great leveller my friend....

    Tendulkar was clearly out of an inside edge in the First Test.. had he been given out there he wouldn't even have had any confidence coming into this test.

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    Quote Originally Posted by biased indian
    it could be one reason but the one i thought was because there is a tour thread already
    And because we had a nice long chat about it in the tour thread, too.
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