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Harper had been carrying guilt about Sachin decision for quite long: MSK Prasad

Ex-chief selector MSK Prasad has said that umpire Daryl Harper had been carrying the guilt about the 'shoulder-before-wicket' decision against Sachin Tendulkar for "quite long". "Harper met me...during 2018 India-Australia Test series and asked, 'What was Sachin's feeling?'," Prasad said.


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One of the most discussed moments in cricket history occurred in a 1999 Test coordinate between India and Australia when Sachin Tendulkar was regarded as LBW by umpire Daryl Harper in Adelaide for a duck. The bouncer from Glenn McGrath kept low, and as Tendulkar attempted to dodge it, it hit him on his shoulders. However, Harper considered that the ball was directly before the center stump and consequently raised his finger, according to the standards. The choice was one of the most disputable ones and saw tremendous media turmoil everywhere throughout the world the next day.

Harper as of late reviewed the choice in a meeting to Asianet Newsable, wherein he said that he accepts the choice was “right” and he is “very glad” of that call. In a similar meeting, Harper said that he had met MSK Prasad in Australia in 2018, where the previous India selector disclosed to him that Sachin concurs that it was out.

Presently, in an ongoing meeting to Mumbai Mirror, Prasad, who was the wicketkeeper for India in the 1999 Test, discredited Harper’s claims. Prasad said that he met Harper two or three years when he was the main selector of the national group, during which the discussion was brought out. In any case, the previous India wicketkeeper said that his comments were distinctive with respect to what Harper has said.

“Daryl had been conveying the blame about the choice for very long. He met me in the break room during the 2018 (India-Australia) Test arrangement. He really solicited me ‘what was the inclination of Sachin’ when he was declared LBW, which had ejected into a tremendous controversy,” Prasad said.

“At that point, I disclosed to him whether you announced him out or not out, Sachin isn’t an individual who will address umpires. That is the reason he proceeded to turn into a good example for us all and the God of Indian Cricket,” he further said.

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On being gotten some information about what was the group’s response after the excusal was given during the 1999 Test, Prasad said: ”The by and large impression in the changing area was that of stun.”

This was not by any means the only time when Harper left the Indian cricket fans disappointed. In 2011, administering in his last arrangement, Harper settled on a choice that went poorly with previous commander MS Dhoni. During India’s visit through West Indies, in the primary Test of the arrangement held in Kingston, Jamaica, Harper restricted Praveen Kumar – making his Test debut – from bowling in the rest of the innings after the India seamer was getting down to the center of the pitch into the secured region.

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