We all know that the result of a match primarily depends on a team that either Bats, Bowls, Fields or is Led better or could be a combination of these.
But there is also one other vital factor that plays a key role in the outcome of a match.
That is Umpiring.
Back in the olden days we hade only Home Umpires officiating matches and instinctively or unconsciously a few decisions went in favor with of home team which resulted in bad taste.
With the advent of Neutral Umpires, generally speaking, there is now less controversial decisions .
We still have wrong decisions as Umpires like any of us are also human and will make mistakes . Bt the margin of error is much less than before. Also with introduction of Third Umpire Referrals life has become much easier now.
Nowadays Umpires can refer cases of Run Outs, Stumpings, unsure boundary, Over boundary shots to name a few to the Third Umpire.
So having said all these lets figure out the performance of some of the of best umpires to have officiated Test or One day Cricket.
Reader’s can choose up to five.
Here is my take:
1.Dickie Bird (England)
2.Simon Taufel (Australia)
3.David Shepherd (England)
What’s Reader’s selection?
Good Luck to everyone!