Former legendary umpire Ian Gould was the umpire of the historic 2011 World Cup semi-final clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan. The same match where the ‘Men In Blue’ went on to beat Pakistan by 29 runs to enter the final, which was eventually won by Team India. Recently, Ian Gould opened up about the moment when even DRS became a fan of the legendary Indian batsman, Sachin Tendulkar.
Well, recently, in an interview, Ian Gould talked about his decision of giving out to the legendary Indian batsman, Sachin Tendulkar, during the 2011 World Cup semi-final against Pakistan in Mohali. Talking about the same, he expressed that he still couldn’t believe how his decision was overturned after Sachin Tendulkar went for DRS. He said:
“When I gave him out at Mohali, I’m thinking this is out. I will sit here and guarantee you, if I see it again, I’d still give it out, simple as that. He talked to Gambhir and looked like he was going to walk out, and I’m thinking thank God for that, then he spun on his heels and made that T sign and the world stopped,”
“Eventually, Billy Bowden told me ‘It’s missing leg, I need you to change your decision.’ Well, no disrespect to him, but I was watching on a 90-foot screen showing me it was missing leg by an inch so I didn’t really need his analysis. I’ve got a picture here where I’m looking slightly disgruntled or annoyed as I gave them not out,”
Ian Gould talked about his disbelief with what happened at that moment. He said:
“It does affect you at some stage but what you have to do is like a player, get rid of it as soon as you can. My problem was the disbelief of that thing missing leg-stump, in my mind, it was one of those straightforward ones, gone,”