After India’s dramatic victory over Pakistan at the ICC Men’s World T20 2022, former Australian umpire Simon Taufel expressed his opinion to put a stop to the interminable discussion regarding the dead-ball dispute.
Where did it all begin?
In order to complete India’s impressive run-chase, batting legend Virat Kohli whacked a huge six off Pakistani bowler Mohammad Nawaz on the fourth delivery of the 19th over after the bowler came up with a waist-high full toss. Babar, the captain of Pakistan, was shocked when square leg umpire Marais Erasmus declined to declare a no-ball while umpire Rod Tucker signaled one.
In an unexpected twist of fate, Kohli was dismissed on a free hit as Mohammad Nawaz delivered a No-Ball. Since the ball went too far from the wicket-keeper, Kohli got the chance to steal 3 runs accompanied by Dinesh Karthik. If the match would have to be summarized in just six balls, it would definitely have been the last over.
The Pakistan bowlers were in the belief that no runs should be given to the opposition as that was a dead ball. However, India was awarded with three runs and eventually the Indian team crossed the victory line which was, at some point in the match, unexpected. Kohli gave India a famous win of 4 wickets over the arch rivals.
Simon Taufel shuts down the dead-ball controversy
When a batter is bowled, may they still score runs off a free hit? After Virat Kohli was beaten on a free hit, why did Team India receive three byes? After India’s stunning victory over Pakistan at the ICC World T20 2022 on Sunday, former Australian umpire Simon Taufel issued a statement to put a stop to the ongoing discussion surrounding the dead-ball dispute.
India defeated Pakistan, captained by Babar Azam, by four wickets in their T20 World Cup opening match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground thanks to Virat Kohli’s magnificent effort (MCG).
Former Australian Umpire Taufel stated his stand on social media that he was questioned by many about one of the crucial deliveries that changed the outcome of the game and allowed Kohli to pull out three runs despite being rooted to a free hit.
Umpire Simon Taufel presented ICC’s playing guidelines and further highlighted why match umpires reached the “correct judgement” in his opinion on the dead-ball debate.
DO FOLLOW: ‘Umpire made the right decision in signalling Byes’: Simon Taufel puts an end to dead-ball controversy
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