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Dead Ball Controversy: Legendary umpire Simon Taufel puts a full stop on ‘dead ball’ controversy, teaches Pakistanis a lesson in rules

Melbourne: Pakistan (IND vs PAK) lost by 4 wickets against India in their first match of the T20 World Cup. There was a lot of drama in the last over of the match. India needed 13 runs to win off the last three balls. Virat Kohli hit a six off Mohammad Nawaz’s no ball. Virat got bowled on the free hit but the ball went towards third man. Indian batsmen ran for three runs. Since then, Pakistani fans are constantly questioning the umpiring. He says that the ball should have been declared dead only after it hit the wicket.

Lessons taught by Simon Taufel

Australia’s Simon Taufel is counted among the best in cricket history. He has given his opinion on this controversy. “After the thrilling finish of the India vs Pakistan match at the MCG, many people have asked me to explain the by runs scored by India after Kohli was dismissed on a free hit,” Taufel wrote on LinkedIn.

Sine Taufel explained this and wrote – After the ball hit the stumps and went to third man and the batsmen ran away for three runs, the umpire made the right decision to signal the bye. The striker cannot be bowled on a free hit and hence the ball will not be dead even after hitting the wicket. The ball will still be in play.

Best umpire for 5 consecutive years

Australia’s 51-year-old Simon Taufel was voted the best umpire in the world for five consecutive years. He received this award continuously from 2004 to 2008. He is also the umpire who has won this award for the most number of times. In 1999, at the age of just 28, he officiated in international matches for the first time. In 2012, he took the field for the last time in an international match. After that he also trained umpires in ICC.

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