“Catches win matches” is a very well known or proven phrase in cricket. However, poor decision by the on field umpires also help win matches in certain conditions. It has become quite a common observation in several matches where players have to receive the wrath of on-field umpires. This time it was the Australian all rounder Mitchell Marsh.
In the past when the technology was not so advanced, the decision of the on-field umpire was final and binding. Blunders were committed at times, but they were never exposed as there were no means for the same. However, with the advent of science and technology, we can see several innovative inclusions to better view and understand all aspects of cricket in greater detail.
A cricketer maybe playing in a good rhythm, but one incorrect decision is sufficient to change the course of the game and also the career of the individual. It not only infuriates the calmest of soul but also gives the match a wrong direction altogether.
Marsh loses his cool on the decision of the on-field umpire
A similar incident was reported to in the recent BBL 10 qualifier between Perth Scorchers and Sydney Sixers. This time it was Australian batsman Mitchell Marsh on the receiving end who did not take it lightly. The scene was fiery enough to hit the headlines in no time.
It was during the fifth delivery of the 13th over of Perth Scorchers innings when this drama happened. Steve O’Keefe was the bowler for the Sydney Sixers bowling to Mitchell Marsh. The bowler arrowed a quick delivery down the leg to which Marsh attempted a flick and missed. The wicket keeper, Josh Philippe made a huge appeal for caught behind from behind the stumps. On-field umpire pondered for a moment and raised his finger much to everyone’s disbelief.
Marsh was in absolute disbelief and dumbstruck at such a terrible call from the onfield umpire. There seemed to be a daylight between bat and ball. Replays also confirmed no part of the ball touching the willow. Infuriated, Marsh gave him a hard stare and yelled expletives before marching disappointed towards the pavilion. “F**king sh*t umpiring,” he shouted and left the field.
Watch the video of what happened here :
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Marsh had only scored 02 runs of 5 deliveries when this mishap occurred. It was a crucial encounter for both the teams as the winner gets a clear ticket to the finals. Perth scorchers also lost this match and we can all relate to this incident. Marsh was a key batsman of the side and could have amassed more runs for the team to turn fortunes into his favour.
Reactions on dismissal of Marsh
Almost the whole of cricket fraternity condemned the poor judgement from the on-field umpire. Mentions of the utility of advanced technologies such as DRS were also made. Some of the popular cricketers such as Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad took to their respective twitter handles to express their view on this incident.
Stokes lashed out at the organisers of the BBL, asking the reason why DRS was not made available for crucial matches. DRS has been one of the most powerful tools known to resolve the minutest of on-field issues. He believed that DRS inclusion could have easily avoided this incident.
Broad also spoke in the same tone, stressing on the use of DRS in all the matches. He supported the attitude of Marsh by saying that it was a clear display of disappointment at the umpire’s decision.
Sydney Sixers vs Perth Scorchers : How the match turned out
Having won the toss, Perth Scorchers opted to bat first. The opening stand was not very impressive as the team lost both the openers in quick succession.The score read 41/2 at the end of 6 overs. The bowlers made it difficult for the batsmen to score runs and built pressure. However, Josh Inglis and Ashton Turner took matters into their hands to boost the run rate. The attacking approach from both of them enabled Scorchers to post a total of 167/6 at the end of 20 overs. Inglish remained unbeaten at 69, being the top scorer for the side. Skipper Turner made a valiant 33 of just 22 balls.
The Sydney sixers gave a cracking response with the help of openers Vince and Philippe. The duo set the stage by putting up 92 runs for the first wicket in just 9 overs. Livingstone got the better of Philippe but that was not sufficient. Vince single handedly played a match winning knock of 98 runs and took his team to the finals with a stunning 9 wicket victory.