Umpire who gave Sachin LBW OUT in World Cup Semi-Final breaks his silence

The former International Cricket Council (ICC) Elite Panel Umpire Ian Gould, in an interview with BBC 5 Live Sport, has revealed that he would stick with his original decision, while referring to his infamously overturned leg before wicket (LBW) decision after Pakistan’s former off-spinner Saeed Ajmal caught India’s legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar on the pads, during the 2011 World Cup semi-final between the two countries in Mohali.

The 62-year-old claimed that he was initially happy when he saw Tendulkar about to leave before the latter turned around and asked for a review.

“When I gave him out at Mohali, I’m thinking this is out. I will sit here and guarantee you, if I see it again, I’d still give it out, simple as that. He talked to Gambhir and looked like he was going to walk out, and I’m thinking thank God for that, then he spun on his heels and made that T sign and the world stopped,” said Gould.

“Eventually, Billy Bowden told me ‘It’s missing leg, I need you to change your decision.’ Well, no disrespect to him, but I was watching on a 90-foot screen showing me it was missing leg by an inch so I didn’t really need his analysis. I’ve got a picture here where I’m looking slightly disgruntled or annoyed as I gave them not out,” he added.

Umpire Ian Gould (L) signals a decision reversal after giving Sachin Tendulkar of India out LBW off the bowling of Saeed Ajmal during the 2011 ICC World Cup second Semi-Final between Pakistan and India in Mohali, India. Pic Graham Crouch – Getty Images

Gould revealed that he feared another ball hitting the pads after that overturned decision.

“My biggest fear after that was that I didn’t want another ball to hit anybody on the pad, my mind had gone. I had the brilliant Simon Taufel with me who kept me going. At the end of it, it’s just one of those moments. When the ball hit the pad, all I saw was a quicker ball from Ajmal and it thudded into the pads and went to square leg. It was just right, he’s out. Sorry, you’re out. I don’t care who you are, Sachin or anybody, you’re out,” he said.

The former umpire stated that he was in disbelief after he saw the ball missing the leg-stump during the review.

“It does affect you at some stage but what you have to do is like a player, get rid of it as soon as you can. My problem was the disbelief of that thing missing leg-stump, in my mind it was one of those straightforward ones, gone,” he said.

“You can’t be walking through many airports when you’ve just given Sachin out LBW sliding down the leg-side. You’ll want to find a dress shop, get a wig and a beard and start limping.”

According to Saeed Ajmal, That was a ball the whole world will remember.

This is a ball the whole world will remember. There has been a lot of debate over it already. Once Ian Gould gave it out, I was sure it would stay out because all it needed to do was clip the leg stump. And I overheard Sachin tell Gautam Gambhir, “Let me take a chance. Who knows it might save me?” Gambhir advised him against it because he felt he was out, but Sachin insisted.

The replay that rang around the world. Photo: ESPNcricinfo Ltd

The time taken in the review made me suspect something, but I can’t say there was any foul play for sure. Even when I see the replay today, that looks 100% out. Even if it had been an umpire’s call, it was given out on the field. You have to remember it was the straighter ball, but they showed a big break on it. I think they missed a frame in between; that’s how it appears to me when I watch it again.

Gould said the umpire’s call, which relates to an lbw decision, should not be used if DRS is available worldwide.

As per the DRS, which was introduced into Test cricket in 2009 and now used in all formats, if a player reviews an lbw decision and less than half the ball is hitting the stumps, then in that case, the on-field umpire’s call stands.

“You have to have DRS worldwide, and if you do that, I’d take the umpire’s call out,” said Gould.

Gould stood as an umpire in 74 Test matches, 140 One-Day Internationals (ODIs), and 37 T20 Internationals (T20Is).

Gould stated that it is not fair to have 37 cameras on every other decision but only 10 on the other.

“My argument is you can’t go to one place and have 37 cameras on every decision you make, then you go somewhere else, and there’s only 10. It’s unfair. It doesn’t equal the game up” added the 62-year-old.

The reason why Gould focused on worldwide availability is that in many bilateral series the DRS technology is not used mainly because not many boards can afford it. When Ireland took on the challenge of Pakistan, the DRS wasn’t used in the Test as Cricket Ireland could not afford the technology.

Gould also revealed that most umpires were not a fan of this technology when it first came around.

“If a batsman came forward and was hit on the pad, then it was not out. Then all of a sudden, you were seeing these things in front of you. That was the hard bit. When I first joined, a lot of senior umpires felt as though they were being shown up,” Gould added further.

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