Ricky fires up over walking drama on Indian TV
RICKY Ponting decided to fight back on Indian television when he was unfavourably compared to much-loved batting icon Sachin Tendulkar.
Ponting edged a ball to Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal while batting in Sunday’s World Cup Group A match in Colombo and the appeal was turned down, although Pakistan got their man after requesting a video referral of the incident.
A day later in Chennai, Tendulkar was caught behind in the first over of the Group B game against West Indies and immediately walked, even though Australian umpire Steve Davis shook his head to indicate not out.
Tendulkar was praised by Windies captain Darren Sammy as a ‘‘ a true gentleman’’ for walking.
When a viewer asked Ponting on a TV show why he didn’t walk and Tendulkar did, Ponting went on to the front foot.
‘‘ I’ve never known Sachin to be someone that walks all the time, so I’m not sure why he chose to walk the other day,’’ the Australia captain said. ‘‘ If I get a nick behind to the ’ keeper, then I stand there until the umpire makes a decision.
‘‘ If Sachin had looked up the other day and noticed that the umpire was giving him not out, then I’m not sure he would have walked either.’’