How often have you spotted a blatant mistake before or during a cricket match? Never?
Well, some might have witnessed the infamous ball tampering act by Pakistani players during a Test match against England in 2006. But hardly anybody would have noticed this one by match referee Amit Sharma and star commentator and ex-cricketer Ravi Shastri during the toss of the 32nd match of this year’s IPL that looks extremely shady.
The match was being played between Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab in Kolkata. Amidst the presence of both team captains Gautam Gambhir and Murali Vijay, match referee Amit Sharma and the toss representative, Shastri asked Gambhir to spin the coin.
‘Heads’ was the call by Vijay as the coin showed ‘Tails’ (as informed by Sharma on the field). But while Sharma called it right, he pointed towards Vijay as the winner of the toss and the very next moment saw Shastri step ahead and choose between batting or fielding.
Here’s the video:
Well, it is possible that amidst the electrifying atmosphere at the Eden Gardens, Shastri or the match referee could have misheard the player.
Here’s how some reacted on Twitter:
Watch the Tehelka tapes on matchfixing & you’ll realise this is the oldest trick in the book. Surprisingly goes on in times of multiple cams— Malay Desai (@MalayD) May 9, 2016
@MalayD Shastri’s excitement is also a dead giveaway. “Paise account mein pahuch gaye hai” vibes.— Srinivas Sunderrajan (@thevaas) May 9, 2016
@MalayD boys kuch clear nahi hai… maybe gambhir called heads. that audio is not there. RS says heads is the call. ref says tails— amit gupta (@amitmirror) May 9, 2016
@MalayD Holy shit. That’s how blatant it is nowadays?!— Suprateek Chatterjee (@SupraMario) May 9, 2016