1st Test Australia vs India: Not one, but six consecutive no-balls went unnoticed from Ishant Sharma and not one was called by the umpires. This came under a lot of criticism after India beat Australia by 31 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match Test series. Former Australian captain Rickey Ponting in an exclusive with Cricket Australia said that he had always known that umpires do not keep a tab on the front foot no-balls long back. Ishant also got the wicket of Aaron Finch when he was given leg before wicket by Nigel Llong in the first over of the second innings, only to later overturn his decision after Finch took the DRS and it was seen that Ishant had overstepped. Also Read - COVID-19 Pandemic: BCCI Donates Rs 51 Crore to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Relief Fund
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“I’ve said this for a lot of years; I honestly don’t think the umpires look at the front line anymore,” Ponting told cricket.com.au.
Ponting said that there were other deliveries as well from Ishant which should have been called, and some were as plain as the daylight. It only means that the umpires are simply not looking at it.
“Some of the ones we’ve seen… he was 4-6 inches over the line. I don’t think the umpires are looking and I certainly don’t think they were looking at those ones because they were blatantly obvious ones,” he added.
The former Aussie skipper went on to say how the only time the umpires consider checking for overstepping is when it is the matter of a wicket, and he feels that is not at all the right way to go about it.
“As we know now, they’ll only ever look at them if a wicket falls, which as far as I’ concerned is not right,” he quoted.
This was not the only incident, as Cheteshwar Pujara was wrongly given out only to later reverse the decision after Pujara opted for the DRS.