India’s dissatisfaction with the umpires was demonstrated by their captain shattering the stumps with her bat after being given out.
The last, decisive Women’s One-Day International (ODI) between Bangladesh and India should have been about the thrilling conclusion, but instead, Harmanpreet Kaur’s behavior—she smashed the stumps after being given out and afterwards termed the umpiring “pathetic—has been the talking topic.
While Smriti Mandhana supported her captain during the post-match news conference, Bangladesh captain Nigar Sultana wasn’t shy in suggesting Harmanpreet “could have shown better manners.”
Harmanpreet was caught at slip off Nahida Akter while attempting a sweep in the 34th over of India’s chase of 226. Was it off the pads, or did a glove or bat get in the way? Harmanpreet struck the stumps with her bat after being called out, then addressed the umpires before walking away, giving the audience a thumbs-up. Harmanpreet appeared to be upset at first because she felt it was a LBW call, but the umpire made the decision after the catch was completed.
Yastika Bhatia had previously contested the LBW ruling in the fifth over, standing her ground and gazing back at the umpire after being given out. Later, after Jemimah Rodrigues’ single tied the game, Meghna Singh played away from her body to Marufa Akter’s following delivery and was caught behind.
Meghna appeared to be headed towards the changing room as the Bangladesh players rejoiced around her, but then she stopped and began chatting to the umpire.
Tanvir Ahmed was the bowler’s end umpire for the Harmanpreet and Meghna dismissals, while Muhammad Kamruzzaman was the wicket umpire for the Yastika wicket.
“There is a lot to learn from this game,” Harmanpreet stated during the award ceremony. “Aside from the cricket, the type of umpiring that was going on there surprised us. “When we return to Bangladesh, we will need to ensure that we are prepared to cope with this type of umpiring.”
Bangladesh batted first after winning the toss and scored 225 for 4 off Fargana Hoque’s 107. When Harmanpreet was dismissed in the chase, India were 160 for 4 in 33.4 overs and well set to win. However, they were reduced to 225 all out.
“Perhaps we can have a neutral umpiring system starting next time so we don’t have to sit here having these discussions and we can focus more on cricket and cricket-related questions.”
Ms. Smriti Mandhana
“They [Bangladesh] batted really well; they batted with the situation in mind.” “They were taking those crucial singles,” Harmanpreet explained. “We leaked a few runs in between, but when we batted, we controlled the game very well.” However, as I already stated, some poor umpiring occurred, and we are really upset with some of the umpires’ judgments.”
According to ESPNcricinfo, during the end-of-series photo with both sets of players, Harmanpreet said, “Bring the umpires too,” implying they were part of the Bangladesh team. According to reports, Nigar discussed it with BCB authorities before returning her team to the locker room.
“It’s entirely her fault. When asked about the event, Nigar responded in a press conference, “I have nothing to do with it.” ” As a player, she could have demonstrated better manners. “I’m not sure what occurred, but I didn’t feel good being there [for the photo] with my team. It wasn’t the ideal setting. That’s why we returned. Cricket is a disciplined and respectful sport.”
“The umpires wouldn’t give her out if she wasn’t out,” Nigar said of the umpiring. We had umpires from men’s international cricket, who were excellent. What will India say about the caught or run-out dismissals [six in all, discounting the Harmanpreet and Meghna wickets]? We abided by their decisions. Whether I like it or not, the umpire’s decision is definitive. Why didn’t we act like that [like the Indian players]?”
Mandhana stated at the press conference that Harmanpreet was caught up in the moment and couldn’t accept the umpire’s decision.
Mandhana stated at the press conference that Harmanpreet was caught up in the moment and couldn’t accept the umpire’s decision. “When you play for India, you want to win the match, and it happens in the heat of the moment,” said Mandhana. “I believe she [Harmanpreet] was dissatisfied with the decision and felt she wasn’t out.” That is why that response occurred. It’s nothing more than the heat of the moment.
“What happened in the middle is part of the game.” We’ve seen a lot of similar events in the past. When you genuinely want that ‘W’ for India, these things happen.” Mandhana, on the other hand, urged the ICC to appoint neutral umpires in the future.
“In any match, there are times when you are extremely dissatisfied with the decisions.” “We kind of expect a little better level of umpiring in terms of some decisions, especially when there is no DRS in a match in a series of this kind,” she said. “It was clear that there was no second thought given when the ball hit the pad while our batters were batting.” There was not even a second to think before the finger was raised.
“I am sure the ICC, BCB, and BCCI will have more of a discussion on that, and maybe we can have a neutral umpiring system next time so that we don’t sit here having these discussions and maybe we can focus more on cricket and cricket-oriented questions.”
Separately, Harmanpreet chastised the BCB for failing to invite the Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Pranay Kumar Verma, to the presentation ceremony despite his presence on the ground. “Our high commissioner from India is also present; I wish you could have invited him here, but that’s fine as well.”
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