IND vs AUS Final: Millions of fans have been heartbroken by Team India’s defeat at the hands of Australia in the final match of the ICC ODI World Cup. Australia won the final match by 6 wickets after the Indian team was all out for 240 runs. At one time during this match, Australia had lost three wickets for just 47 runs, but after that, Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne played a big role in Australia’s victory by batting brilliantly.
However, Labuschagne also got the big advantage of being given not out by umpire Richard Cattleborough during the 28th over of the innings. Jasprit Bumrah’s fifth ball of this over hit the pads of Labuschagne. Despite a review by Team India, Labuschagne was saved from getting out due to the umpire’s call. Richard Cattleborough has proved to be unlucky for India in many important matches in the past and that is why he is being trolled a lot on social media.
Australia benefits from umpire’s decision
In fact, after the ball hit Labuschagne’s pads during the 28th over of the innings, wicketkeeper Rahul was fully confident that Labuschagne was out. He asked captain Rohit Sharma to use DRS. Captain Rohit also did not delay and asked for DRS. The hopes of crores of cricket fans were also pinned on this DRS. Team India could have made a comeback in this match if Labuschagne was out but it could not happen.
Umpire Richard Cattleborough once again proved unlucky for Team India. The review clearly showed that this decision was the umpire’s call. That is, if the umpire had given him not out then he was not out, if he had given him out then he was out. If umpire Kettleborough had given Labuschagne out at that time, India could have got a big success and the picture of this match could have also changed.
the ball was hitting the wicket
The review clearly showed that the ball was hitting the wicket, but that was the umpire’s call. Umpire’s call means that the ball could have gone here and there, that is, the benefit of margin of error is given to the umpire. There has been a lot of controversy regarding umpire’s call for a long time and many cricket greats have also raised fingers on it.
proved unlucky before too
Well, this is not the first time that umpire Richard Cattleborough has proved unlucky for India. The discussion on this matter started only after he was handed over the responsibility of umpiring for the final match. Kettleborough was the on-field umpire in the World Cup (2019) semi-final against New Zealand, the final of the 2023 World Test Championship and the final match of the T-20 World Cup (2014). The interesting thing is that Team India had to face defeat in these matches.
Fierce trolling on social media
50-year-old Richard Cattleborough was a cricketer before becoming an umpire. Kettleborough scored a total of 1448 runs in 33 first-class and 21 List-A matches. After the final match, Kettleboro is being trolled heavily on social media. Some are calling him Panauti and some are calling him inauspicious and unlucky for Team India. Many people have even written that Team India had to face defeat because of his appointment as umpire.
Former cricketer against umpire’s call
Many former cricketers have also appeared angry over the umpire’s call and have strongly criticized it. Many stalwarts including former cricketers Irfan Pathan, Gautam Gambhir and Harbhajan Singh, Pakistan’s Wasim Akram, Shoaib Malik, Misbah-ul-Haq have criticized it and demanded reconsideration of it.
He says that if the ball hits the wicket in any way then it should be given out. There should not be a rule that on some occasions when the umpire calls him out then the batsman is out and on some occasions when the batsman is given not out then the batsman is declared not out. During the final match on Sunday, Australian batsman Labuschagne got a big advantage from this and was considered not out.