Worst Third Umpire in the history of cricket

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Many think I may say Kumar Dharmasena worst third umpire, No its not him, but the man steal that title was found to be his master. He is D.N. Pathirana !!! If you know your Murphy's Law regulations well enough you can guarantee that any match between Australia and Sri Lanka is going to attract its fair share of controversy.

And we did not have too long to wait, either, before the first contentious moment of the Aiwa Cup triangular series surfaced. Not that it was too much of a surprise it came from the third umpire's monitor. While in the scorebook Adam Gilchrist's run out will go down to Mahela Jayawardena/Romesh Kaluwitharana, the name of the third umpire, D N Pathirana should also feature.

Pathirana took his time as well to make up his mind that Kaluwitharana, although he had dropped the ball and the Australian opening batsman had ground his bat behind the line, had completed the dismissal and had no trouble in sending the Australian opener back to the dressingroom. Around six southern summers ago when the TV replay facility became accepted as form of making decisions there was the distinct impression umpires would often prefer the third man to do the job. Now doubts, long submerged about the policy of using local umpires to fill the third man role are going to get a new airing. There were several games in the World Cup when the third umpire made the sort of errors which caused embarrassment and that made yesterday by Pathirana carried the same incompetent brand mark.

As it is Pathirana took an unusually long time when making up his mind in three of the four run out decisions with the first three causing an awkwardly long buzz of expectancy. Not that the Sri Lankans indulged themselves in the monotonous display of high fives when appealing for Gilchrist's run out from a throw at deep square leg by Mahela Jayawardena. They were uncertain and mulled around for the three minutes it took Pathirana to make up his mind.

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Viraj Kohlitha's picture
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Anyone remember this? The Indian umpire (R C Sharma I think) raised his finger to show Ajay Jadeja the way to the pavilion but suddenly changed his mind and fiddled with his hat, and overruled the appeal.For me the worst & the funniest umpiring ever ! http://static.espncricinfo.com/db/ARCHIV...

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This is difficult to understand for a person below average in cricket knowledge !!! This thread we are talking about Third umpire !! You know Third umpire ?

Dont start to divert the topic !!!

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I knew of that incident but did not remembered the name of the umpire. :-) its part of game, and umpires do make mistakes, but using technology, really unacceptable

Liked your hyperlink feature in your article. Nice post:-*

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@SAKTHIVEL,@ DEEPAK: See, they are again going out of topic and insulting india.
If we do the same they start crying like an infant.

As far as third umpiring is concerned, this is disasterous. Tottaly unacceptable and blunder than ever before in the history..
If the same would have been happened during match between india vs Sl.
Then without hesitating they would have said that, BCCI has paid the umpires.
As they blamed during celkon triseries.

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BTW, why do I see this when I click on the hyperlink? ;)

 

Sakthivel's picture
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@Sujan I didnt find the tag of D.N. Pathirana in IC :)
@ Deepak : Thanks
@ Starkkk : For sure they would have said Umpire was bought by BCCI

(Last edited by Sakthivel on August 6, 2013 - 00:27)
Viraj Kohlitha's picture
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I'm not a cricket guru like sakthi guru..3rd or on field, they are umpires. It wasn't an error.It was clearly cheating.

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Nice reply viraj. Enjoy your & uppercut's replies to famous 3idiots very much.

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I must confess by admitting that only a Genius ..sorry an Indian can revamp an insignificant and with IOTA of relevant past history and make it look like the whole cricket world have changed for the worse due to a Srilankan umpiring blunder. As the saying goes it takes a thief to catch another...well do we need to go back to good old days of Indian umpiring... Before Neutral umpires? Do I need to mention NARASIMA RAO moments ..anecdotes from visiting players about thier Narasima Rao moments? We don't want to go in that path of mudslinging do we? Just move on..there are better things in life than stooping so low in to murky koovam and look for E Coli?
Just remember this..before casting aspersions about others!!
LET HE WITHOUT SIN CAST THE FIRST STONE...

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