Malinga's no-ball goes unnoticed, other instances when umpires bowled a googly
Players often disagree with on-field umpires.
During a recent T20 match, umpire S Ravi failed to see a no-ball by Lasith Malinga in the last ball of the Bengaluru innings against the Mumbai team. Here are a few other instances in cricket where umpires bowled a googly.
Toss and turn
In the quarterfinal of the 2015 World Cup, Rohit Sharma found an unexpected ally in Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar. When he was on 90, Sharma hooked a full toss from Bangladesh’s Rubel Hossain and the ball wound up in the hands of Imrul Kayes, who was fielding at deep mid-wicket. Dar, who was standing at square-leg at the time, signaled to his counterpart at the non-striker’s end that the ball was aimed above the waist. Ian Gould adjudged the delivery to be no-ball, much to the chagrin of the fielding team. Sharma went on to score 137 and Bangladesh lost by 109 runs. Replay of the moment showed that the veteran umpire was clearly in the wrong.
Bent out of shape
Players often disagree with on-field umpires, but it is unusual for match officials to question the wisdom of cricket’s governing body. In 1995, Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan was first reported to the ICC as his action was deemed suspect — he was accused of bending his arm and straightening it before delivering the ball. After a hiatus from international cricket, he was cleared to play as biomechanical tests conducted by the ICC found that the angle at which he bent his arm was within the permissible limit.
Muralitharan was named in Sri Lanka’s squad to tour Australia in 1999, but his comeback was short-lived. He was no-balled multiple times by Australian umpire Ross Emerson, who called him out for chucking. Despite the visiting team’s protest, Emerson stood his ground. Muralitharan was referred to the ICC yet again, and subsequent tests invalidated Emerson’s judgment.
Australia has been an unhappy hunting ground for visiting teams, but the hosts’ 1999 Test match against India at Adelaide was marred by a touch of the bizarre. Chasing down a total of 396 runs in the fourth innings, Sachin Tendulkar walked to the crease with India having lost three wickets with just 24 runs on the board. The Australian captain, Steve Waugh, had set an aggressive field to capitalise on the inherent bounce offered by the pitch. Glenn McGrath obliged his skipper by banging in a few short deliveries to entice Tendulkar into making a mistake. After ducking on a couple of occasions, Tendulkar was caught unawares by a bouncer that did not rise as predicted. The ball struck him on the shoulder as he crouched in front of the stumps. McGrath appealed for leg-before and the Adelaide-born umpire, Daryl Harper, duly raised his finger. Harper’s lenient interpretation of the law created a precedent and led to the coinage of the phrase ‘shoulder before wicket’. India faced a heavy defeat, and Tendulkar was left to nurse a sore shoulder.