Adam Gilchrist's famous walking incident
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Uploaded on Nov 24, 2010
The controversial walking incident against Sri Lanka in the 2003 World Cup Semi Final.
The reason I said infamous was due to the reaction afterwards. The cricket community was divided in opinion, with some believing that he should not have walked and asked whether or not he walked depending on the situation. Even teammates did not believe that he should have walked, including Ponting and others. Others believed it was wonderful to see and I am the latter and do believe it was one of the greatest acts of sportsmanship sport has ever seen. There is also an article which debated whether or not batsmen should walk which included an umpire who did not believe it should be allowed.
Here is an extract from his book after the World Cup: "Then, to see the umpire shaking his head, meaning, "Not out", gave me the strangest feeling. I don't recall what my exact thoughts were, but somewhere in the back of my mind, all that history from the Ashes series was swirling around. Michael Vaughan, Nasser Hussain and other batsmen, both in my team and against us, who had stood their ground in those "close" catching incidents were definitely a factor in what happened in the following seconds. I had spent all summer wondering if it was possible to take ownership of these incidents and still be successful. I had wondered what I would do. I was about to find out.
The voice in my head was emphatic.
And I did."
"Of course, the guys back in the viewing room were a bit stunned at what I'd done. Flabbergasted, really, that I'd do it in a World Cup semi."
"Michael Bevan was out first ball of Jayasuriya's next. Five for 144. We could see the expression on Bevan's face from the television replays. "Oh, no!" He couldn't believe it. He came into the rooms pretty pissed off. He's not a guy to carry on, so he just went into the change room out the back and let off some steam before rejoining us to watch the game in silence.
That was when I really started to doubt what I'd done. I was looking around at the guys: I wonder if they're thinking, "Jesus, Gilly, what'd you do that for?" Bevan showed perfectly why you don't walk - because you're likely to cop a rotten decision like his and you don't get to walk in reverse."
"I was concerned my walking might have embarrassed umpire Rudi Koertzen by going against his call, so when we took the field I made eye contact with him at square leg just before the first ball was bowled. He nodded his head and sort of clapped his hands. That made me feel a bit better."
©WALKING TO VICTORY by Adam Gilchrist
"According to one former Test umpire, who is still a prominent member of the umpiring fraternity, the incident may result in the walking issue being discussed at national level. While a ban on walking was out of the question, he said, batsmen at the interstate level and above might be encouraged, as a matter of policy, to always let the umpire decide whether they were out. "My strong belief is that batsmen should never walk."
"Those against walking say a batsman who walks after the umpire has declined to give him out is effectively letting everyone know the umpire is mistaken, thus robbing him of respect and authority. It can also be argued that, no matter how close a player may be to the action, he is often not the best judge of whether he or another batsman is out or not, something Richie Benaud learned to his cost. In one match, as Benaud recalled yesterday, he signalled "no catch" in the belief he had taken a ball on the bounce in the gully, only to discover later that he had taken a clean catch, 15centimetres above the ground.
Batting in another match, on the 1961 England tour, he instinctively took half a step towards the pavilion on hearing a confident appeal behind him for a slips catch. At that same instant he realised he had not hit the ball but, having begun to walk, found he could not stop. Even opposition players expressed surprise afterwards that Benaud had surrendered his wicket needlessly."
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