Sunday, March 13, 2011

Ponting Walks after Review in a Match Against Kenya.

Ricky Ponting, the Australian captain, walked off without waiting for the umpire's decision when it was obvious that he was out leg before wicket. In today's cricket, it is a rare case of sportsmanship. Also, it once more strengthened the pro-review camp in international cricket. Whatever it is, the ultimate goal of umpires should be to give the correct decision in the middle.

A leg before wicket appeal against Ponting was raised by the Kenyans off the bowling of Collins Obuya in the 26th over of the Aussie innings. Umpire Kettleborough turned it down and the Kenyans wanted to review the decision. The TV replays showed that Ponting was, in fact out, and he walked off.

Given that the pending decision was obviously going to be against him, there could have not been any alternative for the Australian captain. However, it showed a rare quality, especially in the Australians, who were famous for trying to intimidate opposition teams a 10-15 years ago.

The Australia vs Kenya match in World Cup 2011 is still in progress at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.

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