A scene from a comedy film played out in the Big Bash League on Sunday, with the umpire raising his finger to give the batsman out and then changing his mind midway to end up rubbing his nose instead.
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) December 29, 2019
Umpire Greg Davidson might just have unwittingly become part of a moment that will be replayed for years, committing this gaffe in the BBL match taking place between Melbourne Renegades and Adelaide Strikers on Sunday.
The incident happened in the 17th over of the Renegades innings, as Rashid Khan appealed for an lbw. As the umpire started to raise his finger, the batsman, Beau Webster, started to walk.
Rashid Khan also started celebrating. However, behind him, the umpire had changed his mind and had his finger under his nose. Rashid Khan turned back in shock when he realized what had happened. “I did not give him out,” the umpire was left trying to explain to the perplexed fielding side.
The Adelaide Strikers eventually won the match by 18 runs – with Webster fittingly remaining unbeaten at one end. Rashid Khan was named Man of the Match.
Rashid Khan was asked about the moment in the post-match presentation ceremony. “I had started my celebration as well, I was shocked that the umpire changed the decision,” he said.
— Brendan (@_bmac30) December 29, 2019
The moment will remind Indian fans of a similar moment from a match in 1997 against Sri Lanka, when Ajay Jadeja survived because of a mid-signal rethink by umpire Raman Sharma, who had then decided to adjust his hat instead. Raman Sharma had never officiated in another international match after that.
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