The 2008 Test match between India and Australia was scandalous in every way possible and is still reminisced by every true Indian fan. However, in a recent interview with Mid-Day, Steve Bucknor acknowledge his mistakes, but former all-rounder Irfan Pathan seems not to be pleased by any of it.
Bucknor made as many as 7 mistakes, which created a huge controversy for biased umpiring and cost India the Test by 122 runs.
Pathan’s take on Bucknor’s apology
“No matter how much you accept your mistakes, what’s done is done, we lost the Test match. I remember, I played my first Test in Australia – that was in Adelaide, my debut game in 2003 and we won that test after 21 (22) years in Australia. And losing a test match, just because of umpiring errors? Not going to make any difference, no matter what umpires say now,” Pathan said on the Cricket Connected show on Star Sports.
He added, “As a cricketer, we’re used to getting bad decisions, sometimes in our bowling sometimes in our batting. And we get frustrated by that and then we forgot about it. But this Sydney Test match, it was not just one mistake. There were about seven mistakes that cost us the game. There were mistakes where Andrew Symonds was playing, and he got out nearly, I remember, three time, and the umpire didn’t gave him out.”
Another issue that made the Sydney match the most controversial till date is the Monkeygate Scandal that happened between Andrew Symonds and India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh.
It was under Anil Kumble’s captaincy, that despite the loss, India carried on and roared back to win the next Test in Perth. However, It’s true that time cannot heal some wounds and that match is completely a perfect example of it.
Pathan then went on saying, “He was the Man of the Match, we lost by 122 runs. If only one decision against Andrew Symonds would have been corrected, we would have won that game easily. It was not just frustration. For the first time, I saw Indian cricketers were angry. Fans had only one thing in mind that they (umpires) were doing it purposely. Obviously, as cricketers we can’t think like that.”
“We’ve to think. ‘OK. These things happen, and we’ve to move forward’. But seven mistakes? Are you kidding me? That was unbelievable and indigestible for us.” Pathan concluded.