Melbourne, March 19: Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar found himself in the middle of a controversy after he called a genuine delivery bowled by Rubel Hossain to Indian batsmen Rohit Sharma as 'no' citing its height. Sharma, who was batting at 90 then, mistimed the ball and the catch was taken at deep mid-wicket.
But television replays showed the delivery was within the normal range and Sharma's dismissal was genuine. The Indian batsman then went on to score 137 off 126 balls and help India post a big score of 302/6 in 50 overs.
The two Asian sides are playing in the second quarter-final of the ICC World Cup 2015. Indian captain won the toss and elected to bat first.
Dar's decision was slammed by former cricketing stars like VVS Laxman and Shane Warne and Twitter also went abuzz with reactions over the incident.
Well played Aleem Dar! \m/— Mirum quazi (@IIfootedtackle) March 19, 2015
Best conspiracy theory: Indian foreign secretary visit to Islamabad involved a request that Aleem Dar take it easy on their cricket team :)— Omar Waraich (@OmarWaraich) March 19, 2015
Aleem Dar gave that a no-ball.A Pakistani going against Bangladesh once again. #1971#INDvsBAN— Zaid Hamid (@SirZaidHamid) March 19, 2015
Looks like Aleem Dar just got stung by a bee. My guess is an Indian drone bee. #INDvsBAN— David Sanderson (@obtusian) March 19, 2015
Man of the Match - Aleem Dar— மருதநாயகம் (@i_m_Hafeez) March 19, 2015
Typical Pakistani reaction by Aleem Dar. Trying to grab attention when India and Bangladesh are the main attraction. Lulz— Banna (@TheBigDowg) March 19, 2015