India defeated Australia by six runs in the 5th T20I encounter© AFP
Legendary Australian cricket team opener Matthew Hayden came under heavy criticism from fans after his controversial comments during the fifth T20I encounter between India and Australia in Bengaluru on Sunday. Australia needed 10 runs to win the final over of the match and India skipper Suryakumar Yadav handed the ball to young pacer Arshdeep Singh. The first ball was a bouncer and although Matthew Wade was confident it went over his head, the umpire did not award a wide to Australia. Hayden was not happy with the referee's decision and after replays of the incident he said that Wade was right to feel upset by the referee's decision.
“You can see why he's upset; that is certainly broad. Way over his head. It must also be about his position. He stood on that ball and it was still above his head,” he said in his commentary.
On the penultimate delivery of the over, controversy struck again when a shot straight over the ground from Nathan Ellis hit umpire Virender Sharma. The commentators discussed the possibility of the ball reaching the boundary if it did not hit the umpire after Arshdeep failed to take the catch.
“The referee has done his job for the second time this season. Look at this. This time it's the one in the front, not in the square. They work together here,” Hayden noted during the discussion.
Australia went on to lose by six points and Hayden's comments drew widespread criticism from fans on social media who felt a public figure like him should be saying such things about referees.
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