gt on. “Video evidence reveals I still had five more seconds even after the strap gave away!” he wrote. ing it “totally unjust” and former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting labelling it “cheating”. Muttiah Mathews went public with his opinion that he was cheated out of five more seconds, using timestamp video screenshots as evidence. He argued that since safety is of paramount importance, the fourth umpire should rectify the issue and provide justice.
Adrian Holdstock, the fourth umpire, countered and claimed that the batter had not been ready to receive the ball within two minutes even before the strap became an issue. This statement was criticized by cricket stars like Dale Steyn, Usman Khawaja, and Ricky Ponting who all called it unfair and unjust. the game but who defines the spirit of the game? The umpires did the right thing by talking to the captain and allowing Mathews to stay but I’m not sure the outcome would have been the same in a World Cup final,” he said.
Many people harshly criticized Shakib Al Hasan for appealing to get Angelo Mathews out, with India cricketer Mohammad Kaif describing it as “shameful”. Former Pakistan great Waqar Younis called the incident “ridiculous” and former India captain Gautam Gambhir branding it “pathetic”. Michael Vaughan, former England captain, defended Shakib’s decision, pointing out that the umpires had done the right thing by asking the captain and allowing Mathews to remain. However, he acknowledged that in some cases, the “spirit of the game” is not always observed. He expressed outrage at the situation, claiming that the game was disgraced.
According to him, the umpire was correct in terms of the rules, and that discussing the spirit of the game was nonsensical.