Excessive appeals show Indian team’s desperation: David Warner – Cricket News Update
Australia’s opening batsman, David Warner, has challenged the claims by Indian skipper MS Dhoni that David Hussey deserved to be declared out for ball-handling during the 10th one-day of the ongoing series, played on February 26, at the Sydney
The incident occurred in the 24th over of the match, with David Hussey and Matthew Wade at the crease. In the process of taking a run, Hussey stuck his hand out to avoid being hit by the ball, and ended up knocking it away from the stumps. Dhoni
appealed to the umpire for his wicket, saying the right-handed batsman had obstructed the field.
While the on-field officials, Billy Bowden, Simon Taufel, and the third umpire, Simon Fry, ruled the decision in favour of the Aussie batsman, Dhoni was convinced they had made a mistake, and he went on to voice his opinion on the matter after the match,
saying Hussey had been out, “plain and simple.”
However, Warner feels this has less to do with technicalities, and more to do with the frustration of the Men in Blue, who have been having an increasingly disappointing series.
The 25-year-old claimed that the Indian team had been appealing excessively, and sometimes unnecessarily, for quite a while now. In addition to disapproval over Hussey having been adjudged not out, the tourists also claimed that Brett Lee had stood in Sachin
Tendulkar’s way as the batsman was attempting to take a run, leading to his dismissal.
“We have seen the desperation from the Indians this summer and they are (still) trying to get something out of it,” he said. “They got beat 4-0 in the Test series and now they are not doing too well in the one-dayers so they are trying to appeal for anything
at the moment.”
He added that the visiting batsmen were acting unreasonably stubborn, “just standing their ground” even when they had been declared out.
Offering his own team as an example, Warner pointed out that the Australian squad had never lodged petty complaints, and considered the umpires’ decisions as final.
“At the end of the day, you have got two umpires and they are the ones that control the game,” he emphasized. “If you appeal and it is given not out, it is not out and you get on with it.”