But to Pakistan's dismay, and Ajmal's surprise, the decision was over-turned as India used the DRS. In a recent interview to PTI after his retirement, Ajmal said he was totally convinced that the ball was going to hit the stumps. “I was totally convinced I had him in front of the stumps but how the umpires didn’t give him out I still can’t understand,” PTI quoted Ajmal saying.
“I was 110% confident when the referral was made that the batsman was out,” Ajmal had said earlier. At that time Tendulkar was batting on 23, and later went on to score 85 runs, that got him The Man-of-the-match award.
After his retirement Ajmal had lashed out at ICC at the way they handled the controversy surrounding his action. “I am retiring with a heavy heart because firstly I think the ICC’s protocol is too harsh and if all bowlers today playing international cricket are tested I am sure at least 90 percent will fail to clear this protocol,” Ajmal said.
First Published: November 30, 2017, 4:46 PM IST