Ricky fires up over walk­ing drama on In­dian TV

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

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.’’

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