Umpires are only humans and they are meant to make mistakes. As easy as it looks from outside, cricket umpiring is one of the toughest jobs. Especially, umpiring in Test match cricket where one has to stand for three sessions in all the possible five days of the play.
Umpires have made some really shocking decisions over a period of time. The three decisions that we are going to show you would out-class the best of them.
Here are they:
1. Aleem Dar’s not-out decision to AB de Villiers: Zaheer had made one delivery go edge past South Africa’s current ODI captain and the edge was pretty clear to see even through a television set. Sachin Tendulkar pouched it, diving to the left. Indians started to celebrate as it was one routine dismissal. But Aleem Dar had other ideas.
2. Doug Cowie angered Freddie Flintoff: The second in the list is Doug Cowie’s out decision to Andrew Flintoff off the bowling of Andre Adams. Adams bowled a beautiful out-swinger which squared Flintoff all ends up. The ball was almost two-three inches away from Flintoff’s willow. Cowie did not wait a second once the Kiwis appealed half-heartedly and raised his finger, leaving Flintoff fumed.
3. When Gilchrist had the worst night-mare against Sri Lanka: This is the worst of them all. Ponting had hit the ball towards the point region off a Sri-Lankan bowler and ran to take a quick single. Gilchrist, who was at the other end was not looking like reaching at the batting end in time. The fielder threw the ball at the keeper’s end but Kaluwitharana spilled the ball on the ground before he could take the bells off. The on-field umpire went up-stairs. It clearly looked not-out in the first frame itself and Tony Greig who was commentating in the match had already made the decision that it was not-out. The third umpire took more time than required. Gilchrist’s heartbeat was increasing even after having seen that he was safe. To everyone’s surprise, the third umpire signaled red.
Watch all the three decisions in this video: