While Saeed Ajmal retired from competitive cricket on Thursday, the mystery spinner from Pakistan is yet to solve one puzzle from his cricketing career – why Sachin Tendulkar was given not out during the semi-finals between India and Pakistan at the 2011 World Cup in Mohali. In a recent interview, after hanging up his boots, Ajmal reiterated his belief that Tendulkar was out and that he is still perplexed over why the Decision Review System (DRS) overturned the umpire’s lbw ruling against Tendulkar even though the ball appeared to hit his pads plumb-in-front.
“I was totally convinced I had him in front of the stumps but how the umpires didn’t give him out I still can’t understand,” PTI quoted Ajmal saying. While replays revealed that the ball pitched in line but according to Hawk-Eye prediction the ball was missing leg stump. Hence, the decision was overturned.
“I was 110% confident when the referral was made that the batsman was out,” Ajmal had said earlier. Later on, Tendulkar went on to score a critical 85 that earned him the Man of the Match award.
Meanwhile, after announcing his retirement from the sport Ajmal criticised the ICC’s law of accessing bowling actions and the way it handled the controversy surrounding his bowling action. “I am retiring with a heavy heart because firstly I think the ICC’s protocol is too harsh and if all bowlers today playing international cricket are tested I am sure at least 90 percent will fail to clear this protocol,” Ajmal said.