Former Indian cricketer Kris Srikkanth shared his thoughts on Jonny Bairstow’s controversial sacking during the second series of Test of the Ashes. Kris Srikkanth believes Australia would have lost the match had Jonny Bairstow not been sacked in such controversial fashion.
On day 5 of the second test at Lord’s, jonny bairstow He left the crease after touching a shipment from Cameron Green. Australian goalkeeper Alex Carey reacted quickly and dislodged the bails. The appeal was referred to the third referee Marais Erasmus, who made the decision in favor of the visitors.
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He looked like a fool – Kris Srikkanth
Kris Srikanth he recalled an incident from his debut Test match against England in Bombay in November 1981, where he was similarly dismissed.
“In my case, it was my debut in the Test. Batting at 13, I defended the ball towards Gully where John Emburey (former England player) was fielding.” Kris Srikkanth said.
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“Now, he had this very bad habit of loitering, or wandering out of the box after playing the ball. Emburey, who was initially about to throw the ball into the covers or to the bowler, I think it was Bob Willis, instead picked up the ball and tossed the stumps (at forward end), and I was stranded outside my crease. He looked like a fool.” added.
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There is a matter of spirit of the game – Kris Srikkanth
The former Indian chief selector claimed that similar dismissals were not against the spirit of cricket.
“I felt that it was very foolish of me to have done that. At the end of the day, it was my fault. I don’t think there’s a spirit of the game issue there. Walking back, I felt that I was so stupid. I didn’t know how to face my teammates in the locker room.” Srikkanth further stated.
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“Even today, I feel like it was my mistake. I was out. Emburey was within the rules. Likewise, it seems that Carey was within the rules. Otherwise, she would not have come out. You have given the opposition an opportunity to get you out of it and they have taken advantage of it ”, He concluded.
Australia would have lost the test -Kris Srikkanth
Srikkanth believes Alex Carey would have noticed Bairstow leaving the crease regularly and planned the sacking as they were desperate for the wicket.
“What must have happened (in the second Ashes Test) is that the Aussies must have seen Bairstow leave his crease quite often. That is my assumption. This must have been a planned layoff. They must have been watching him for quite some time. I think Australia was desperate for land.”
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“With Ben Stokes and Bairstow breaking the ball as they were, Australia would have lost the Test”, He concluded.
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