Sports Desk – Former Team India batsman Sachin Tendulkar made many records during his career. He also faced wrong umpiring several times during his career. Recently, former Australia cricket umpire Simon Toffel (49) recalled the wrong umpiring against Sachin.
During the Trent Bridge Test in 2007 between India and England, Sachin was batting on 91 when he shouldered arms to a delivery from Paul Collingwood. He appealed and Taufel raised his finger. Tendulkar was clearly unhappy and even stood at the pitch for a few seconds to digest the decision. Ball-tracking was shown at the big screen and it suggested that the delivery was missing off-stump by a considerable margin.
“The following morning I happened to pass by Sachin on my normal morning walk out to the middle […] and I come across Sachin and said, ‘look, yesterday I got it wrong, you know? I’ve looked at it, I got it wrong.’ He said, ‘look, Simon, I know.’ He said, ‘you’re a good umpire, you don’t often get many wrong, it’s okay, don’t worry about it.’
Taufel recalled that decision on an episode of 22 Yarns podcast hosted by Gaurav Kapur and admitted that he got a few decisions related to Tendulkar wrong. He was one of the most consistent umpires in the history of cricket and even won the ICC Umpire of the Year award for five consecutive years from 2004 till 2008.