Steyn’s allegation on Sachin and Ian Gould turned out to be a concocted story

Steyn’s allegation on Sachin and Ian Gould turned out to be a concocted story

Dale Steyn (Pic Source: Twitter)

7-8 years back, Dale Steyn vs Sachin Tendulkar was one of the most fascinating rivalries in Cricket. The two masters of their craft represented their countries with utmost pride and honour. Recently, Dale Steyn, in an interesting revelation, has claimed that during the famed innings of 200 not out at Gwalior, Sachin was deliberately given a reprieve by umpire Ian Gould in his 190s.

During a Sky Sports Cricket Podcast with England pacer James Anderson, Steyn said: “Tendulkar scored the first double hundred in ODI cricket, and it was against us in Gwalior. And I actually remember — I think I got him out lbw when he was about 190-odd. Ian Gould was the umpire, and he gave him not out. And I was like, ‘Why, why did you give him not out? That’s so dead.’ And he was like, ‘Mate, look around, if I gave him out, I won’t make it back to the hotel’.”

However, on matching the serious allegation with facts, its turned out be a concocted story merely. This concocted story might malign Steyn’s clean image in Cricket circle.

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Here are the minute details of Sachin Tendulkar vs Steyn during the 2010 Gwalior ODI-

Over 0.3 – 0 runs. Contact with Pads – No. Hit towards the cover fielder.
Over 0.4 – 0 runs. Contact with Pads – No. Hit towards the cover fielder.
Over 0.5 – 0 runs. Contact with Pads – No. Played towards offside.
Over 0.6 – 0 runs. Contact with Pads – No. Played towards the bowler.
After seeing off the first over, Sachin came back to face Steyn in the third over of innings for a couple of balls.
Over 2.2 – 1 run. Contact with Pads – No.
Over 2.6 – 4 runs. Contact with Pads – No.
Same story in the next over also- Sachin kept the speedster at bay with solid defence and footwork.
Over 4.1 – 0 runs. Contact with Pads – No. Played towards the cover region.
Over 4.2 – 0 runs. Contact with Pads – No. Played towards the mid-on.
Over 4.3 – 4 runs. Contact with Pads – No.
Over 4.4 – 0 runs. Contact with Pads – No. Beaten on outside edge.
Over 4.5 – 2 runs. Contact with Pads – No.
Over 4.6 – 0 runs. Contact with Pads – No. Played back to the bowler.
Sachin kept playing his natural game, respecting the good ones and putting away the loose deliveries to end the first spell of the speedster.
Over 6.1 – 0 runs. Contact with Pads – No. Hit towards the mid-off.
Over 6.2 – 4 runs. Contact with Pads – No.
Over 6.3 – 0 runs. Contact with Pads – No. A leading-edge went towards the covers fielder.
Over 6.4 – 0 runs. Contact with Pads – Yes. The ball would have missed the leg-stump.
Over 6.5 – 1 run. Contact with Pads – No.
Over 8.6 – 1 run. Contact with Pads – No.
Over 10.5 – 1 run. Contact with Pads – No.
After an initial spell of five overs, Steyn returned for another spell in the 35th over. Sachin saw him off again easily, collecting four boundaries against him in this spell.
Over 34.1 – 0 runs. Contact with Pads – No. Played towards point fielder.
Over 34.2 – 4 runs. Contact with Pads – No.
Over 34.3 – 0 runs. Contact with Pads – No. Missed the ball which was close to the wide line.
Over 34.4 – 0 runs. Contact with Pads – No. Missed the ball which was close to the wide line.
Over 34.5 – 4 runs. Contact with Pads – No.
Over 34.6 – 1 run. Contact with Pads – No.
Over 36.4 – 4 runs. Contact with Pads – No.
Over 36.5 – 0 runs. Contact with Pads – No. Missed an uppercut.
Over 36.6 – 4 runs. Contact with Pads – No.
In the death Steyn returned for another spell in 47th over. Sachin was approaching the double hundred but no worries as all the three balls he faced from the speedster didn’t even touch his pads.
Over 46.1 – 1 run. Contact with Pads – No.
Over 46.3 – 0 runs. Contact with Pads – No. A leading-edge went back to the bowler.
Over 46.4 – 1 run. Contact with Pads – No.

The details above speak for themselves as Steyn couldn’t register even a half-hearted appeal against the Master Blaster, let alone a decision scandal by Ian Gould.

Sports is game of memories and with so much of cricket around one might mix up the memories. But a public figure and sports personality like Dale Steyn must be sure of the things that he speaks up on the social platforms. Sachin, undoubtedly, remains and will remain the ‘God of Cricket’ for the unimaginable heights he achieved on the 22-yard strip.

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