The Sachin Tendulkar-Virat Kohli debate merely refuses to die down. After a host of former and present cricketers, the newest lot of drawing parallel between the two is that of umpires. Weighing on the similarities between the two batsmen, former ICC umpire Ian Gould has mentioned Kohli’s batting reminds him of his early days, and explains why the India captain reminds him of the nice Tendulkar.
“He’s a funny man. Yeah, he batted like me a couple of times. I had to tell him off for slogging it. He’s a charmer,” Gould instructed ESPNCricinfo in an interview. “He’s one of those guys who’s got, a bit like Sachin Tendulkar, the whole of India on his back, but you wouldn’t know. You could walk into a restaurant and sit and chat with him for hours. He’s a very worldly boy. When you look at Virat, you’re thinking male model, pin-up boy, but he knows about the game inside out, the past, history. Lovely guy.”
Gould re-iterated that though Kohli had a nature of touchdown himself at instances, regardless of that attribute, he sees the India captain and his gamers in a good mild. On Kohli’s run-ins with authority in the previous, Gould identified: “I can see why. But he’s learned to be respectful. He could have continued his career like that and people could be talking totally the opposite about Virat. He’s a nice man and the India boys are very, very good people, very respectful.”
Gould has been half of many cricket matches that comprise each good and unhealthy reminiscences. He was the one officiating in the Cape Town Test of 2018, when the notorious Sandpaper Gate scandal broke out. However, India followers would largely keep in mind him for giving Tendulkar out to Saeed Ajmal throughout the 2011 World Cup semifinal towards Australia although the choice was ultimately overturned.
“Don’t go down that road. I get teased about that. People send me pictures of my reaction after I was told in my ear by Billy Bowden that it was missing leg stump. It makes me laugh. It didn’t make me laugh at the time, I can assure you. But I’d give it out again with my back to the wall. It was dead. I don’t know what happened,” he mentioned.
Having officiated in 74 Tests, 140 ODIs and 37 T20Is, Gould mentioned the Tendulkar vs Steyn Cape Town battle in 2011 stays one of the most evenly-matched duels he’s ever witnessed.
“That was fierce but fair. That was as good as it got. I was stood there with a brilliant umpire, Simon Taufel, and the two of us came off and said, “Wow, we’d pay for that.” Dale bowled in a short time and Sachin simply had the railway sleeper in his hand and saved patting it again at him. Fantastic,” mentioned Gould, who retired from umpiring at the finish of final 12 months’s World Cup.