Former cricket umpire Simon Taufel mentioned that it would be great to see the likes of former cricketer, Virender Sehwag, current batter Virat Kohli, and all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin take up umpiring at some point in time.
Taufel is one of the greatest umpires to have ever graced the field. He won the ICC Umpire of the Year award five consecutive times from 2004-to 2008. Additionally, he was well-loved by all fans and cricketers alike. Speaking about the Indian cricketers, Taufel told News9:
“I remember putting it on his head a few years ago and I’m challenging Virender to take it up because he is used to umpire next to me standing at square leg and telling me what was out what not was out. But he subsequently said no, that’s not what he wants to do.”
“You have really got to have a personality and desire to want to do it. I’ve spoken to some players like Morne Morkel who’s been interested in taking up umpiring but as I said before, it’s not for everyone. I’d love to see Virender Sehwag, maybe even Virat Kohli or Ravichandran Ashwin take it up. They seem to be very well on top of the laws and playing conditions of the game at the moment.”
Simon Taufel talks about umpiring in tough conditions
Taufel spoke about the challenges faced by umpires in tough conditions, where nothing much is happening on the tracks but they need to stay vigil throughout.
“It’s never boring, except when you might be umpiring in a very dry environment in Karachi or similar places. There’s not much happening in terms of wickets. But what I would say is that we’ve tried to make the course engaging and umpiring itself is not for everyone.”
“You know, it is challenging. People say how do you concentrate for long periods of time? And the answer is, well, you don’t, you just look at bite-sized pieces. It’s very rewarding,” Taufel concluded.