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To walk or not to walk..

January 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

The argument / debate came up on Saturday whether batsmen should walk when he knows he’s out but the umpire hasn’t raised his finger. The incident that raised this topic happened when Faf du Plessis nicked the ball with his glove to the keeper & didn’t walk. Instead he walked to the side of the pitch as if nothing has happened, covering his face with his hand but leaving an open gap to glance at what the umpire is doing, much to the amusement of the commentators calling the game at the time.

But what’s even more amusing is the fact that New Zealand didn’t go upstairs to review the decision EVEN THOUGH they still had their 2 unused reviews left and du Plessis with Dean Elgar were the Proteas last two recognized batsmen with only the bowlers to follow them. This in itself was a dumb@ss move from their captain coz even if they weren’t certain that Faf did in fact nicked it, Surely you must go upstairs just to check when you know the 2 facts I mentioned above.  And McCullum quickly realized that he made a bonehead play coz just moments later he used one of their reviews to check a not out LBW call on Faf WITHOUT even consulting with his wicketkeeper or anyone else for that matter. Now if you’re a huge McCullum fan, you can maybe say things like: he’s new to test captaincy or that he was wondering when SA will declare etc. but then you would just be taking shots in the dark. He made a costly mistake!! Finish en klaar!!

So I guess the question is should Faf have walked or not & to be honest, I’m really not sure. Coz on the one hand I’m telling myself, if you know you’re out, you should walk when considering the spirit of the game, doing the right thing.. blah blah blah.. The commentators mentioned Hash & Adam Gilchrist as walkers that they could recall whilst I remember Tendulkar walking once. The interesting thing about Tendulkar though, he did walk even though the umpire didn’t give him out but I remember it was for a low score, 3 or 13 or something like that. But what stick was that the commentator asked his colleague if he thought Tendulkar would’ve walked if he was in the late 90’s. His colleague just chuckled.

Ok, so we got that on the one hand & on the other we’ve got the umpire who governs the game, who decides if the batsman is out or not. And if that’s not enough, both teams can now make use of the DRS if they don’t like or agree with the decision the umpire made. So while playing a bit of devil’s advocate here, why should Faf have walked when:

  1. The umpire didn’t give him out and
  2. NZ could’ve checked if the umpire made the right or wrong decision.

So I think I’ve decided where I stand with this putting myself in a batsman’s shoes:

If I’m out, I’ll stand my ground until the umpire gives me the finger, the index one ofcoz.

Let me know what you think about all this & what you will do.

I’m outy



17 responses to To walk or not to walk..

  1. would you play a round of golf with FAF?

    • lol.. i dont play golf but i’ll definitely take him on in poker coz he can’t bluff..

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  3. I also recall Jonty always walked when he knew he hit it.

    I think it comes down to personal choice, what can you live with.

    Maybe in someone like Faf’s case, he deided he’s not walking because he really has a chance to cement his place in the squad. It could also be that he’s been the victim of several bad decisions against him, and just as a principle decided he will not walk unless given out.

    I don’t think its a blemish on someone’s character either way though. It’s the game and you play by the rules. Is it cheating though? Like McCaw getting away with murder on the ground? Is it OK for Faf to get away with not walking when he knows he’s out, and for McCaw to keep on cheating?

    • you’re making valid points bud..

      and i guess that’s why i’m all for standing till the umpire has given out or in rugby’s case, till the ref blows his whistle.

  4. As professionals, and with the increased use of technology, I don’t think any batsman should walk and that level.

    However, at club and junior levels I think one should walk if you know you have edged/gloved it as the umpires do not have the luxury of using technology. I play club cricket in Ireland and if I edge one I walk, however there are a few who don’t, guess that’s their choice though.

  5. I can’t recall who said it, maybe Kallis, but the quote went something like “it’s not my job to decide if I am out or not… that is for the umpire to decide… my job is to score runs”

    If you think as a batsman, you have 1 life at the crease, if you are out there are no second chances, unlike bowling , you can start badly and still finish strong, with batting, every innings counts, 1 bad ball or shot and its off to the change rooms.

    So for me, let the Umpires decide. The spirit of the game is to do your best, not walk away.

    If you think about all the good innings VS all the bad innings, I am pretty sure it goes bad more times than it goes well, so why not take that bit of luck when the ump gets it wrong?

  6. Hi.

    No batsman is obligated to walk. That’s hogwash. The bowling team has the option to go for the review. Plus the Umpire is right there.
    Why have a bloody review system and waste money on all that technology, when everyone expects a batsman to “be a gentleman” and walk. Captain’s must use the review system.
    Even if there was no review system, I personally wouldn’t walk.

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