Cricket is often referred to as the Gentleman’s game. The relatively slow paced sport is enjoyed and played by millions, across the world. Since its said inception, dating back to the 18th century; the sport has evolved and come many a miles.
The spirit of the game has always been upheld by the athletes who represent this stirring sport. However, due to the competitive nature of the sport, there have been instances where cricketers were seen displaying a rather shaky character.
Here are a few instances where the spirit of the game and true sportsmanship was questioned by the opposition when the given batsman was out but refused to walk away.
5. Michale Clarke (Border-Gavaskar Trophy – 2013)
It was the Border-Gavaskar trophy in 2013 that sparked a controversy during the very first Test, played in Chennai. Michale Clarke had replaced Mathew Hayden on crease after he got out to a reckless reverse-sweep.
It was the 65th over of that innings when Ravichandran Ashwin sent in a ripper to get the Australian’s edge, along with a deflection of his pad to safely land in Cheteshwar Pujara’s hands.
Clarke refused to budge and stayed at the crease, after Umpire Kumar Dharmasena turned down the appeal with a straight-face.
That sparked a controversy and questioned the spirit of the game as the umpire might not have heard the nick because of the crowd in the stadium, but Clark being a experienced cricketer should have started his march back to the pavilion.
4. Stuart Broad (2013 Ashes Test)
The infamous Ashes battle yet again recorded a healthy rivalry during the first Test of the series. The Stuart Broad incident is considered as a classic ‘Batsmen refusing to walk’ incident.
It was Ashton Agar who had the ball in the 118th over and was seen to trouble the left hander a bit. After 5 dot balls, Ashton sent down a steady looped up ball, which spun back into the left hander and got a massive edge and after bouncing off the glove’s of Brad Haddin, it landed in the safe hands of Michael Clarke.
The Australian’s had started celebrating but umpire Aleem Dar refused to dislodge to the Aussie appeal. Broad then casually shifted his weight and walked over to the non-striker’s end and resumed his innings. This left everyone on field and coach Darren Lehman awe-struck.
While a few argue that Broad was well within his right to hold his ground, many argue that this causes a disrupt towards the integrity of the game and is against the ethics of Cricket.
3. William Gilbert Grace
Grace had earned quite some name for himself, but not because of his cricketing skills. Being an amateur in cricket, Grace’s main profession was medicine.
The right hander was quite the bully on field as he would just refuse to believe that the game wasn’t just about him.
The right hander would argue with the umpires even after getting clean bowled stating “The fans are here to watch me bat umpire, not you” and would refuse to walk away.
Legend has it that in 1898, Essex fast bowler Charles Kortright dismissed him thrice in what is now known as the ‘three-ball sequence’. However, the bearded Victorian got away despite being leg before on the first ball before edging behind on the second ball and later blatantly refused to walk back.
On the third, Kortright opened him up and knocked down two stumps. As Grace hesitated leaving the crease, the bowler spat, “Surely you aren’t going, Doc? There’s one stump still standing.”
The game, however, has also seen instances where players kept up the spirit of the game and walked away even before they were declared out, to be only later found to be not out.
2. Graeme Watson (Sheffield Shield match against Queensland – 1971)
The Australian all-rounder has stacked up a well constructed 145 in the Western Australia’s Sheffield Shield match against Queensland in Perth in 1971-72.
It was during a Warwick Neville over that the right hander edged one to Donald Allen in the gully region and started walking away, convinced he was out. It was only later that he found out that the catch hadn’t been caught at all and he was not-out.
But due to the fact that Watson had walked away, he lost his innings and was declared ‘Retired-out’.
1. Virat Kohli (World Cup 2019 vs Pakistan)
Virat is undoubtedly one of the best batsmen of his era. The superman from India in on a ‘ Record breaking spree’ and has been claiming and breaking multiple records. The recent one being – Fastest player to reach 11,000 ODI run.
The right-hander isn’t just known for his batting but the spirit with which he plays the game.
India vs Pakistan is regarded as one of the most anticipated matches in given any ICC tournament.
This high-pressure match recorded something unusual when the Indian skipper walked away after a Mohammad Amir appeal, even tho the batsman had made no contact with the ball.
Kohli was batting beautifully at 77, steering his side to a colossal total before Amir sent in a bumper above his head to which Kohli tried pulling but missed.
The whole Pakistani side went up but even before the umpire signalled anything, Kohli has started his march back to the pavilion.
Later it was found out that it was Kohli’s bat that made the sound and the ball had made no contact with the bat.