Not many realise that a lot in the match is in the umpire’s hand, or fingers quite literally! A wrong decision made by the umpire can cost an entire match to the team. It might also irk the fans and remain etched in their minds for a long period of time. Cricket has seen its fair share of player vs umpire rivalries. Some of them have been hard to forget while others faded away with time. Let us have a look at a few greatest player vs umpire rivalries in history of cricket.
Ian Gould vs Sachin Tendulkar
Umpire Ian Gould infamously ruled a decision against Sachin Tendulkar in the 2011 World Cup semi-final against Pakistan. However, Sachin Tendulkar got a life, after reviewing the decision which showed the ball pitching outside off, impact in line but and the ball missing the leg-stump. It was one of the many chances Sachin Tendulkar got in the match as he went on to score a match-winning 85.
Years from now, Ian Gould still sticks to his decision. He had recently said that if he had to take a call again, he would still give it out.
“When I gave him out at Mohali, I’m thinking this is out. I will sit here and guarantee you, if I see it again, I’d still give it out, simple as that. He talked to Gambhir and looked like he was going to walk out, and I’m thinking thank God for that, then he spun on his heels and made that T sign and the world stopped,” Gould told BBC 5 Live Sport.
The decision made my Gould and the controversy broke out in the 11th over of the match bowled by Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal.