Lets go back to the painful World Cup semi finals of 2011 between India and Pakistan, which we unfortunately remember a little too well. It was a match we would like to erase from our minds. Even then, there were some remarkable moments like Wahab Riaz’s fast Yorker to Yuvraj Singh, which we still take pride in. However, whenever we recall the match, we think about the DRS decision that just did not go our way. Saeed Ajmal got Sachin Tendulkar lbw at a crucial moment of the game which was reviewed by Tendulkar. To everyone’s shock, the review showed Tendulkar to be not-out. A lot of controversy followed after Ajmal claimed that the hawk-eye wrongly read the line of the ball. It got to a point where the hawk-eye company had to release an official report showing how their decision at that moment was correct. We were still not convinced. It is obviously uncertain how the match would have shaped up if that decision had gone our way. We are facing the same trauma again.

In yesterday’s encounter between Pakistan and India in Adelaide, Umar Akmal was given a not-out by the umpire on Jadeja’s bowling which was reviewed by Dhoni who was convinced behind the stumps that Akmal had edged the ball. Replays from three different angles showed the ball go past Akmal’s bat but there was no evidence that he had edged it. Banking on the new technology that has fervently been introduced in cricket in the past few years, real time snicko was used to ascertain if the ball had in fact touched the bat or not. All the Pakistani fans heaved a sigh of relief when they did not see any movement on the snickometer. However, again, to everyone’s surprise, Akmal was given out. The umpire’s decision was reversed and our batsman had to make the long walk back to the pavilion. Pakistan was left in a situation which they really could not recover from.

Whereas Pakistani supporters will point to this incident, as we point to the Ajmal-Tendulkar incident of 2011 to cast serious doubts upon the legitimacy of our loss, let us remember that we are a team that, since the time of Inzamam and Muhammad Yousuf, have not had middle-order batsmen that can keep the score board ticking without taking any substantial risks. The reason we cannot blame the loss on Akmal is because he is not that player.