By: Press Trust of India | Melbourne | March 19, 2015 7:17 pm
Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza on Thursday expressed his displeasure at a few decisions going against his side in their 109-thrashing by India in the cricket World Cup quarterfinal match in Melbourne though he did not say in so many words. (Full Coverage| Venues | Fixtures)
Centurion Rohit Sharma got a reprieve on individual score of 90 and team total on 196 in the 40th over bowled by Rubel Hossain when a marginal ‘no-ball’ call went in favour of the Indian opener. Rohit went onto add another 47 runs in quick time to help India go past 300-run mark.
Ian Gould was the umpire who adjudged Rubel’s full-toss as waist high ‘no-ball’ with Rohit being holed out at deep mid-wicket boundary.
However, the TV replays showed that it was a real touch-and-go situation which could have gone either way.
“I don’t want to say anything about the umpiring decisions. Everybody present saw what happened. So it’s not fair on my part to comment on this,” a peeved Mashrafe said when asked about the umpire’s decision.
When probed further as to whether the incident hampered the momentum of his team, Mashrafe said, “Look, a wicket during crucial juncture is always important. At that point of time, we were putting in a lot of pressure on their batsmen.And everyone saw what happened after that.”
There was also a slight faux pas on the part of local organisers while playing songs of both the countries. While most of Indian songs were latest Bollywood chartbusters, the Bangladeshi songs were more nationalistic in nature and associated with their ‘War of Independence’.
In fact, a lot of those patriotic songs were blaring out of the sound system immediately after a Bangladesh wicket fell. Though Mashrafe did not look happy about it but refused to comment as it would have meant taking on the parent body ICC.