David Warner hit a massive six on Mohammad Hafeez’s ball, which slipped out of the bowler’s hand and bounced twice before reaching Warner, which has once again triggered the spirit of the game argument. In a high-intensity match, where Pakistani bowlers had the edge over the batters, Warner turned out to be an exception. He clubbed all the bowlers equally and gave his side a great start in the second inning as they were chasing down the total of 177.
This incident occurred in the first ball of the 8th over, and the ball was declared a no-ball. This incident has caused quite a stir online and has divided the cricketing world into two halves. Amid this, Former Indian batter, Gautham Gambhir who has been very vocal about everything in the cricketing world, has announced his verdict. He posted a tweet on his official handle calling Warner’s action pathetic. He wrote: “What an absolutely pathetic display of the spirit of the game by Warner!”
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) November 11, 2021
He also tagged Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in his tweet, asking his opinion about it. Recently during the IPL, Ashwin and England Captian Morgan were also tangled in a feud about the spirit of the game when Ashwin decided to sneak a run after the ball got deflected off the bat.
While the jury is still out on Warner’s actions, there was another unique feature in the game that went unnoticed. David Warner’s is one of the most underrated events of the game. The left-handed opener missed out on a well-deserved 50, as he adjourned caught behind in the 11th over of the match. Later a replay showed that there was clear daylight between bat and ball. Later, the commentators also discussed how old bat handles sometimes make sounds that might have fooled everyone, including Warner himself. Luckily for him and the entire Australian team, the decision of not reviewing the dismissal did not cost them the match.
Australia will meet New Zealand is yet another final on Sunday. They were also the finalists of the 2015 ODI World Cup, in which Australia emerged victoriously.