Irfan Pathan trolls Bucknor for poor umpiring in 2008 Sydney Test
Former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan has pointed at veteran umpire Steve Bucknor for the poor umpiring in the 2008 Sydney Test against Australia. The test match was a black history in cricket as there was full of controversary and poor umpiring. Although, India lose the game 122 runs and consequently Ricky ponting leading side won the match by 2-0.
Bucknor, admitted that he made a couple of mistakes in the match. He gave a controversial decision, which gave Andrew Symonds a life in the first innings. Ultimately, he scored a unbeaten 162 runs and also won the Player of the Match award.
Irfan said no explanation from the umpires can change the result of the match and said that he can understand what the Indian cricketers went through.
“No matter how much you accept your mistakes, what’s done is done, we lost the Test match. And losing a Test match, just because of umpiring errors? Not going to make any difference, no matter what umpires say now,” Irfan told.
“This Sydney Test match, it was not just one mistake. There were about seven mistakes that cost us the game. There were mistakes where Andrew Symonds was playing, and he got out nearly, I remember, three times, and the umpire didn’t give him out,” he stated.
“It was not just frustration. For the first time, I saw Indian cricketers were angry. Fans had only one thing in mind – that they [umpires] were doing it purposely. Obviously, as a cricketer, we can’t think like that,” he quipped.
“We’ve to think, ‘OK. These things happen, and we’ve to move forward’. But seven mistakes? Are you kidding me? That was unbelievable and indigestible for us,” he added.