India vs West Indies 2018: A nation of a billion was stunned when umpire Steve Bucknor raised his finger after Glenn McGrath appealed vociferously. Sachin Tendulkar was at the receiving end, he was given out while trying to duck a McGrath bouncer. It happened 19 years ago in Adelaide, 2000. The replays that followed showed that the ball was not going on to hit the wickets and Tendulkar found himself unlucky. The gentleman Sachin is, he did not show any dissent as he just walked off the park disappointed and in utter disbelief. The ball had hit Tendulkar flush on his helmet. Those days DRS was not available, unlike now.
A similar incident transpired 18 years later when another Mumbai batsman nearly had a similar dismissal in his debut series. Shaw playing his second Test ducked at a Jason Holder ball, the ball hit him on his helmet and the umpire did not raise his finger despite a loud appeal by the touring Windies team. Defending a mere 72, the Windies opted to take the DRS. The replays showed that the ball was just clipping the top of middle and leg, but because the ball was not crashing onto the stumps, the decision could not be overturned and Shaw survived.
After the incident, Ian Gould was also spotted by the cameras saying ‘sorry’ to Holder because he had realised that had his initial decision been out, then the decision would have stood.
Holder, and the Windies, may have been robbed of a wicket, but they accepted the decision sportingly, just like the genius Tendulkar did almost 19 years ago.
Meanwhile, India defeated Windies by 10 wickets to blank the visitors 2-0. Umesh Yadav bagged the Man of the Match for picking 10 wickets in the match and young Shaw picked up the Man of the Series in his maiden Test series.
Comparisons have already begun as Prithvi Shaw is being touted as the next Tendulkar. There are similarities between the two like both the cricketers are products of Mumbai school of batsmanship, both are early birds and both have the love for scoring centuries.