In the 10th match of the World Cup 2019, the wicket of Chris Gayle raised a controversy. Mitchell Starc had bowled a no-ball which Chris Gaffaney had failed to pick. However, Gayle was dismissed on the very next ball, which should have been a no-ball. Subsequently, The Windies allrounder Carlos Brathwaite expressed his frustrations on the few “dodgy” decisions given by the two umpires.
Australia in their opening clash against West Indies had built a score of 288 runs in 49 overs. Nonetheless, West Indies went on to give a tough competition to the defending champions of the World Cup. But during the match, the team had to face some poor calls from the standing umpires.
West Indies overturned four calls by the two umpires in their second match. The two of those were in the three balls Chris Gayle faced. Although later, Gayle who is capable of scoring big runs alone was dismissed off of what should have been a free hit. Expressing his frustrations Brathwaite questioned why his team doesn’t get as many lbw as their rivals.
Umpiring was not up to the mark.
“I don’t know if I’ll be fined for saying it,” Brathwaite said, “but I just think that the umpiring was a bit frustrating. Even when we were bowling, we thought a few balls close to head height were called wides.”
Further adding, he said that losing Gayle who is capable of hitting 180 alone was a shocker for them and it broke the start they needed.
“And obviously three decisions…as far as I can remember being dodgy, it was frustrating and sent ripples through the dressing room. To lose Chris in a chase of 280, who can probably get 180 of them himself obviously, broke the start that we wanted to have. But the umpires do their job. They try to do it to the best of their ability, we as players go out to do our job as well,” said the allrounder.
Brathwaite critically assessed officiating in general.
Although the 30-years-old Barbados player accepted that losing Gayle for 21 wasn’t the sole reason behind West Indies’ loss. He was yet disappointed with the umpiring during the match. He gave a cutting assessment at the decisions taken in a match against them in general.
“I think for the West Indies, we don’t have to use all our reviews. And that some of the other teams get a chance to use theirs because every time we hit on our pads, the finger goes up,” he said. “When we hit the opposition on their pads, the finger stays down.”
The right-arm pacer then went on state that he doesn’t understand technology but this is what he has seen over the years. He said that even though losing Gayle’s wicket wasn’t the only reason behind their loss, but it definitely cost them the start.
“We had eight other wickets after that and it was incumbent on us to go out there and deliver a performance which we didn’t for whatever reason,” he said. “We will discuss and try to rectify in the next game.”
“Did it hamper the start? It definitely did but it didn’t cost us the game,” exclaimed Brathwaite.
However, West Indies performed exceptionally in both the games of the tournament. They took out the two attacking openers of Australia earlier in the start. Whereas, they restricted Pakistan at the lowest score of the tournament of 105 runs. West Indies will be facing South Africa on June 10 at Rose Bowl Cricket Ground.