Walk away? Not me, says Ponting

Published: March 21, 2011
Ponting admitted he stood his ground despite knowing he had been caught behind. PHOTO: AFP

Ponting admitted he stood his ground despite knowing he had been caught behind. PHOTO: AFP


Australia captain Ricky Ponting reignited the walking debate at the World Cup after admitting he stood his ground despite knowing he had been caught behind in his team’s defeat to Pakistan.

Ponting had edged off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez to Kamran Akmal in Saturday’s game. When on-field umpire Marias Erasmus gave the Australian captain not out, the decision was reviewed and overturned. Ponting admitted he knew he had edged the ball.

“There were no doubts about the nick, I knew I hit it, but as always I wait for the umpire to give me out. That’s the way I’ve always played the game,” he said.

Pakistan coach Waqar Younis said it would be a boost for the sport if players walked.

“It’s nice to see people walking but that doesn’t happen now I guess,” said Waqar.

Similarly in Mumbai, Sri Lanka vice-captain Mahela Jayawardene and Kiwi off-spinner Nathan McCullum clashed over a ‘clean’ catch. McCullum took a brilliant, one-handed diving catch off Jaywardene but TV umpire Amish Saheba ruled it not out.

The former Sri Lanka captain was adamant he was right to stand his ground. “If I felt it was a clean catch, I would have walked,” said Jayawardene. “It was a 50-50 thing and it was fair it went to the TV umpire.”

Younis said the available technology should always catch out the reluctant batsmen. “There is a system in place now so you can’t get away with it. I mean people still take chances and why not? Jayawardene took a chance and it went the other way.”

Published in The Express Tribune, March 21st, 2011.

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  • javed hamid
    Mar 21, 2011 - 12:20PM

    hats off to sachin who was walked away from the pitch in yesterday’s match. i guess he was the only guy in whole stadium who knew of the dismissal and sportsmanship. see sachin here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Em6Jz6s7bIg
    he’s a role model for pontingRecommend

  • abdul
    Mar 21, 2011 - 2:09PM

    @javed hamid: it’s the first time when sachin walked off he must be thinking something else,otherwise in his twenty years career he never walked off
    May be he’s retiring so he want the honest player label Recommend

  • shoeb
    Mar 21, 2011 - 2:25PM

    Former test cricketer Jalauddin believes tendulkar, spot fixed his dismissal on that particular delivery thats why he walked: source roznama CEEKH!!! Recommend

  • osamah
    Mar 21, 2011 - 3:20PM

    or may be sachin watched Ponting and Jayawardene case, so he decided to walk away silently before being criticized lately through out his whole life and became the only cause that India cheated and won :pRecommend

  • opinionated
    Mar 21, 2011 - 7:16PM

    maybe he wasnt feeling well. poor guy perhaps was suffering from motions and i agree with javed,Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Mar 21, 2011 - 11:06PM

    @opinionated: What a disgraceful comment, not for Sachin, but yourself, as it only reflects on you. It would be better if you would keep your opinions to yourself opinionatedRecommend

  • Blunt!
    Mar 22, 2011 - 12:34AM

    Enough~! When it comes to sportsmanship in cricket, No one can Beat the likes of Tendulkar & Gilchrist! Period.Recommend

  • Ron(Indian)
    Mar 22, 2011 - 12:37AM

    Sachin is GOD in India. Not because of runs or centuries but because of his kind behaviour.. Many times he did walk away in past done it again so nothing new for me. Always seen controlled emotions from this guy. Never indulged in any controversy always tried to calm the situation. Done so much of social work for childrens and needy people that we started taking everything for granted. Sometime we forget that he is a human too. People like me can’t even score 40 singles in a day. He is doing this almost everyday for 21 years.. So much hunger.. so much dedication…never seen.. such a humble guy making cricket truely gentleman’s game..so many thoughts are coming in my mind but time to say good bye.. thanks Sachin for giving us pleasure and joy.. thanks alot for making us proud…GOD is great.. ThanksRecommend

  • noor muhammad
    Mar 22, 2011 - 10:24AM

    sachin is a true sportsman all cricketers should follow him . he is an ideal for me .all his years he has never misbehaved always cool, and had his feet on the ground. its difficult to get the likes of sachin in cricketRecommend

  • Mar 22, 2011 - 12:05PM

    God in India? So Gods also come with restricted powers?Recommend

  • Ed
    Mar 22, 2011 - 1:45PM

    Sachin is undoubtedly a great cricketer. Everyone has a rash moment or two in their careers especially if they span more than two decades, which is very rare. Sachin has mostly remained away from controversies, especially for the second half of his career,where he has concentrated solely on being a reliable batsman and fielder, usually scoring 40-50 runs with a good scoring rate and punctuating these with the frequent centuries. His demeanor on and off the field is much better than that of Ponting and his ilk. This doesn’t deserve a comparison.Recommend

  • khan
    Mar 22, 2011 - 3:33PM

    whatever you say, sachin is a god of cricket. @Sehrish Khan: Recommend

  • Mar 22, 2011 - 3:53PM

    Waqar is absolutely right. Recommend

  • Ehsan
    Mar 23, 2011 - 11:52AM

    When it comes to sportsmanship… it is Sachin, Sachin and Sachin! Period.Recommend

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