Legendary Shane Warne moves the spotlight of “spot-fixing” over India’s debutant T Natarajan.
Shane Warne throws spot-fixing over T Natarajan
The left-arm pacer bowled 6 no-balls during Australia’s first innings and a couple more on Day 4 of the 4th Test match at The Gabba. Shane Warne, on commentary, went on to say that the 5 of those no-balls were off the first delivery of the pacer’s over and suggested something suspicious.
“Something that’s caught my eye when Natarajan was bowling. He’s bowled 7 no-balls & they’ve all been big ones. 5 of them have been off the first ball & they’re miles over. We’ve all bowled no-balls, but 5 of them off the 1st ball of an over is interesting,” Warne said on air.
Taking cognisance of Warne’s remarks, fans of the Indian cricket team were quick to lash out at the former Australian spinner for his bizarre observation.
People don’t bet on which ball will be a no-ball. That was not even what happened for Amir/Asif at Lord’s.
— Jarrod Kimber (@ajarrodkimber) January 18, 2021
Mr. Shane Warne. Implying Natarajan is engaging in spot fixing (no balls) is very poor. Even by your standards. #AUSvIND
— cricBC (@cricBC) January 18, 2021
Mark Waugh & Warne were found out to be involved with bookies, passing on to them information about pitch, weather and more in return of substantial payment during Singer World Series tournament in Sri Lanka.😂😂😂😅 & this guy from the fixing of parents country talking #pakistan pic.twitter.com/kfK0MMVhDa
— Archu (@archujb) January 18, 2021
Bowling no balls or wide in a match is pretty common for bowlers. Well experienced bowlers also use this as a strategy to slow down the player’s aggression while standing in the crease.
An Indian supporting fan posted a pic of Starc where he bowled 10 balls for an over with nearly 5 wide deliveries.
Or first pause and ponder over that opening over from Starc. It has it all noballs, wides. What say? pic.twitter.com/kXC63sObcY
— AK (@ashwin_gk) January 19, 2021
Talking about Australia’s 2nd innings, Natarajan bowled 14 overs but the pacer went wicketless and leaked 41 runs.