Thursday, October 30, 2008

Will Bowden do a Bucknor?

Billy Bowden has cooked India's goose in the past, and I wouldn't be surprised if he does it again, although umpires may be a little more wary after what happened to Steve Bucknor. In the last Indo-Oz series in India, Bowden should be credited as much as Kasprowicz for the Aussie victory in Bangalore. There's no chance of an Aussie win, of course, this time, but if Bowden keeps turning down plumb LBW shouts like that of Amit Mishra in the last hour of the second day, then the Aussies can escape with a draw in Delhi, and who knows how the newly laid pitch in Nagpur will behave. Let's keep a close eye on Bowden tomorrow. It would be a pity if there's biased umpiring, because otherwise it's a mouth-watering contest between Mishra and the Aussies on a pitch that is still playing easy and true.

10 comments:

Naked Cricket said...

Good point Sumt.

Bowden sure screws his face up, not that he needs to, almost headmasterlike when speaking to the Indians. Case in point, when the VVS running on the pitch incident happened, and the runs scored were negated. Then watch him speak with Hayden, all that was missing was a beer.

Yeah, that lbw looked plump first on. Even on replays, when they claimed on commentary, leg just outside the line, didn't buy that.
Tho I wonder why he went back to over the wicket soon after that.

Naked Cricket said...

fat chance, i meant plumb!

Soulberry said...

Billy Bowden is on the precipice. Not many boards are convinced of him.

If he makes more errors, he's out and not because India'll want so.

He messed up today, Katich was out.

Let them get the breakthrough...Hayden and Hussey are key. Clarke doesn't have anyone to stay with him....no Watson can't biff his way out of this one.

Straight Point said...

the way ball was flying in dying hrs...even bowden wont be able to help them out...

it will be very diffcult for new comer to adjust to the variable bounce and turn spinner are bound to get...and a wicket can lead to couple of wickets if not more...

we will fry ozies on pitch itself... :)

Sam said...

With people like Bowden around, the question inevitably presents itself: Why didn't we press for a referral system like in Sri Lanka? India would have been safe from any damage Bowden could do, and we all could have concentrated on the cricket without worrying about the umpires ruining the match. Has the Indian team, and Kumble, learnt nothing from Sydney?

Sumit said...

sp, the pitch is too slow and doesn't look like it will crack up like in the past. again, only stupid aggression by the aussies, like in the second innings at mohali, can produce a result.

Sumit said...

sam, ya, kumble was stupid to oppose the referral system, considering the indians get the short end of the stick from so many umpires

Srinivasarao Vundavalli said...

Billy even gave a 4-ball over in Indian innings when Laxman was playing...and even he gave the first ball of that over a dead ball..

A Bisht said...

You are right Sumit, and see what, all the umpires seem to be from those countries which contribute least, audience wise.

A Bisht said...

if they are doing good work, why can't unpires from Indian sub-continent. Ya one thing is certainly there, for our umpires to do well, they do need to change their body languge as well. They seem to be second fiddle whenever they appear on ground.