Former umpire Daryl Harper had displeased Indian fans in India tour of Australia in 1999 after giving Sachin Tendulkar out for LBW at a duck. It became one of the controversial decision of cricket history, many stating it to be the wrong call. Recently, Harper said that his decision was correct, claiming that former Indian cricketer MSK Prasad had told him Sachin agreed that he was out. However, Prasad rubbed off Harper’s claim, saying that the former umpire misunderstood his statement.
Australian pacer Glenn McGrath bowled a bouncer to Sachin Tendulkar who bent down to leave the ball but he got hit in his shoulder. The on-field umpire Daryl Harper raised his finger, judging that the ball was right in front of the middle stump. Many cricket boffins deemed the decision to be incorrect. At that time, it also became a huge media show.
MSK Prasad Quashed Daryl Harper Claims:
In the recent interview, Harper said that he had met MSK Prasad in Australia in 2018, where then Indian selector told him that Sachin agreed that it was out.
Replying to Harper’s statement, Prasad, who was also the wicketkeeper in that series, admitted that he had met the former umpire couple of times when he was the selector. However, he refused any claim of saying that Sachin agreed with Harper’s decision. Prasad said that the umpire has misinterpreted his conversation.
The former national selector added that Harper was carrying the guilt of his decision. He asked Prasad that what was Sachin’s reaction to his decision to which Prasad replied that the legendary cricketer never went against any umpire’s decision.
Harper had been carrying the guilt about the decision: Prasad
“Daryl had been carrying the guilt about the decision for quite long. He met me in the lunchroom during the 2018 (India-Australia) Test series. He asked me ‘what was the feeling of Sachin’ when he was adjudged LBW, which had erupted into a huge controversy,” Prasad said.
“Then I told him whether you declared him out or not out, Sachin is not a person who will question umpires. That is why he went on to become a role model for all of us and the God of Indian Cricket,” he further said.
Daryl Harper has many times involved with controversy for his decisions. When he was also officiating the final series of his umpire career in 2011 between India and South Africa, he didn’t go too well with then Indian captain MS Dhoni.