Big-mouth Dilshan escapes lightly over no-ball call issue

By Trevor Chesterfield | August 19, 2010

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Already there are rumours surfacing that Sri Lanka Cricket are keeping a close watch on his future behaviour, which could have something to do with an unsavoury incident that took place on the tour of Zimbabwe a couple of months ago. AFP PHOTO/Ishara S.KODIKARA.

Like politicians, players who develop big egos and with it big mouths develop a habit of placing their foot in it when caught in the act.

Tillakaratne Dilshan did it on Monday when urging Suraj Randiv in Sinhala with the comment “oney nam, no-ball ekak danna puluwan" (If you want, you can bowl a no ball) with the fourth delivery of the 35th over to the facing batsman Virender Sehwag.

What a great attitude to adopt towards a fellow player, urging him deliberately go against the spirit of the game and to deliver a no-ball, all designed to deny Sehwag his 13th ODI century after a particularly well structured innings which enabled India to secure a batting bonus point as well as a six-wickets victory.

Dilshan has developed a big mouth to go with an ego to match following his performances at the ICC World T20 in England last year followed by a successful run as an opening batsman at Test level. It has been known though how more than once he has opened his mouth, just as wide as he did at Rangiri Stadium on Monday, and on one occasion in India, was told it might be advisable to keep his mouth shut.

Already there are rumours surfacing that Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) are keeping a close watch on his future behaviour, which could have something to do with an unsavoury incident that took place on the tour of Zimbabwe a couple of months ago. Two contacts in Harare (names and emails withheld) suggest certain people in the landlocked African nation were pleased to see the back of Dilshan when the tour was over.

As for the no-ball incident, in which Indian television networks went overboard with a variety of accusations of how the Indian Board was bullying the International Cricket Council and pushing Sri Lanka Cricket as well to fine players and called it “cheating” the bottom line here is infringement of the spirit of the game and Law 42.1 (fair and unfair play). Anyway, who knows what takes place in those often treacherous corridors of power between boards.

That SLC acted the way they did because the tour is one designed to help their side as part of the pre-World Cup programme. As for the no-ball incident, while Randiv has been banned and lost US$3500 match fee, the same treatment should have handed to Dilshan with a full series ban for instigating the incident and begs a few questions about the role of the captain.

From the post match comment of ‘Randiv possibly trying to bowl the doosra’ to now accepting full responsibility suggests that the captain has escaped lightly as well.

The ‘It may not have been intentional,’ comment by Sangakkara also explains that he was not in touch with what was taking place on the field at the time of the incident. It appears too that his thinking was that Sehwag did score the century, as well without checking, how the no-ball was bowled in such a way it could only have been a deliberate act.

As a former umpire, and having experience such pernicious behaviour years ago in the final of a senior club game, my initial reaction was to call “dead ball” and warn the captain his actions were unfair. He had urged the bowler to (lewer 'n no-bal en die kolf sal ons die prys kry); Afrikaans for “deliver a no-ball and we’ll get the batting prize”. Apart from citing that the mode of delivery was deliberate and unfair citing the laws, the bowler had to deliver the ball again. The batsman facing was not about to score a century, but the winning runs that would earn his team the best batsman award of the series, which the opposition was trying to prevent.

It is why this type of thing would not have happened under the stewardship of Mahela Jayawardene, and also suggests that maybe a look at the team structure and Jayawardene be brought back as captain while telling Dilshan that if he steps out of line again, that his central contract could be cancelled.

PhotoTough? Well, if you are a professional sportsman, you should act like one, and had Dilshan kept his mouth shut none of this would have happened.

As it is, letter writers in some Sri Lanka papers have acted as foolishly as did Dilshan. Now, had this involved a Sri Lanka player being denied a century, the howling and headlines would have been strident enough to be heard from Dambulla to Mumbai and Dubai, with certain demands. One, it is suggested, would be the century be granted.

As with the Greg Chappell under-arm incident and instructions to his brother Trevor, and the Douglas Jardine 1932/33 Bodyline series in Australia, the captains accepted responsibility for their actions.

Sehwag, to an extent did over-react and this is not the first incident where players get involved in the heat of the theatre when they feel they have been cheated.
Sourav Ganguly in 2001 at Asgiriya was denied a three-figure score when Mohammad Kaif’s leg-glance won the match for India. Dada’s laconic post-match comment is of how Sri Lanka would have bowled a wide to stop the Indian captain getting a century and is also a point that should be noted.

My point is that the laws of the game cover a wide variety of action and the wording of Law 21 (note 6 winning runs and extras) are specific enough. It is why the laws cite fair and unfair play to protect the game from such incidents. The pity is how India’s victory has been overshadowed by an incident that could have been prevented.

© Trevor Chesterfield/Island Cricket.

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Tharindu Chat's picture
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How dare you to say Dilshan has a big mouth comparing with other big headed egos?????? Have you forgotten Symonds, McCullum, Broad, Yuvraj, Harbhajan, Sreesanth ????

This whole article seems to be a crap. Are you out of your mind to suggest to cancel player's contract for a small thing like this(Even no rules were broken)??? Then you should suggest to ban S Broad for life after throwing the ball deliberately at Haider.

(Last edited by Tharindu Chat on August 19, 2010 - 14:36)
David's picture

My my, are not we so puffed up with our own importantance trying to escape the facts in the story by just reading the headline and doing a tantrum dance on Galle Face Green.
Were you at the match? Did you see what was going on and how the bowler's action was so embarrassingly deliberate as to create the problem it did?
It is suggested you read the story most carefully, including the part where he was in Zimbabwe and how they pleased they were to see the end of him regarding his behaviour over a particular incident involving a local. If he is not going to act professionally, he should expect a far tougher measures.
And trying to cite other cases is not going to help either as it is avoiding the facts of this case and not the others.

Anonymous's picture

for real, i dont know y this guy s welcome to do an article for this website. just because he lived here in sl for some time, dat doesnt make him an expert on sl affairs.
and since trevor relates to da 'under arm incident' i like to ask him whether ICC or Cricket Australia punished either of the chappells? i didnt think so. so pls enough of da bull

Wiky's picture

Do you think Australia care about winning the spirit of cricket award or care about winning the trophies that make them the best side in the world? If I was captain I would ask my bowler to do it again! This is international sport and as long as rules are not broken everything is fair game!

Most of these people including journalist criticising this no ball dont even have a clue what happens on the field. Things like this happen all the time but is not visible in an air conditioned press box or on TV.

What happens to the "Spirit" of the game when Sehwag is sledging the batsman from first slip?

Are we this retarded???

Jayantha Somchandra's picture

This is the beauty of this website. There are different views and if we are true fans of cricket and sensible people we must appreciate all views. I read Mr. Chesterfeld's column regularly and I welcome his angle to the story. No need to be childish?

Dilshan has got Randiv in trouble and he got off very lightly. Poor Randiv will now have this matter all through his career. You saw the other balls in the over, Sehwag struggled. If Randiv didnt overstep he would not have flighted the ball and Sehwag may have struggled to score that one run. It is after all Dilshan's fault.

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Interesting view Trevor. Your article has many things that we as Sri Lankan fans have to think of after supporting Randiv and Dilshan through-out in this crisis. As always top article!

Anonymous's picture

Its true that the whole unsavory incident is not in line with the spirit of the game. However, Chesters is overboard in mud slinging and innuendo that he wants to create a negative image of a player without the power to defend himself of these accusations. I think this is cheap gutter journalism. Who is going to put Trevor in his place now?

Anonymous's picture

only also rans like Sri Lanka who care about upsetting the other cricketing nations......send the SLC to a Miss Congeniality contest

ranjan rodrigo's picture

Tharindu,you may only be an armchair critic to defend Dilshan when everyone knows his loud mouth. I congratulate Trevor Chesterfield on showing Dilshan's tru character.Trevor has hit the nail on the head. Dilshan has become too big for his boots. Much as Dilshan scores, his gettimg out for carleess and reckless shots do harm our team. He thinks he is indispensable and that has gone to his head. My foot, if Dilshan was made vice captain. The Zimbabwe inciedent cannot be forgottem. Poor Suraj has suffered due to Dilshans advice. The punishments shud have been reversed to teach Dilshan a lesson. Trevor shud be congratulated for calling a spade a spade and belling a senior player. More strength to you Trevor.
Ranjan Rodrigo, Sydney

Anonymous's picture

Mmmm very Interesting to hear abt Dilshan's antics. I saw in a newspaper about an year ago that he is very abusive towards younger players. He and Sanath had a problem in Kolkata night club as well isn't it.

Anonymous's picture

May someone please tell me about the incident in Zimbabwe - what did Dilshan do?

Kind Regards

David's picture

Ah, Mr "cut the bull" anonymous - what do you think happened to Greg Chappell he was castigated over the incident and has never been allowed to forget it. Tbis is not the point, any fool, which you seem to be, or scared to reveal your identity understands there is a difference in law - both were deliberate acts, one to deny a batsman scoring a century the other to deny a team a tied result.
Dilshan will always be remembered as "Mr Bigmouth" and the man who unprofessionally coerced a fellow player to comment a fellony and who suffered a bigger penalty. So cut da bull Mr Anonymous.

David's picture

Mr Anonymous, why don't you write an anonymous letter to Robert Mugabe's minister of justice and find out?

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Trevor you're lucky that no-one here is going to waste time writing a long and boring article called 'Trevor Chesterfield the big mouth'!

(Last edited by Sanki8OH8 on August 25, 2010 - 03:43)
Anonymous's picture

Is Mr Chesterfield a serious columnist who writes unbiased articles or does he goes around listening to the rumour mill, exchange gossip sessions with his contacts to bring them up in articles to make personal attacks on players?
Mr Chesterfield is within his rights to analyse no-ball incident with facts, bring up sprit of the game issue, back it up with laws of the game. It is fair for him to critically look at Dilshan's role in the incident. Many spectators watching from home on TV and at ground may have heard/saw with their own eyes. They can form their own opinions based on that.

It is also very irresponsible and downright mean to bring up a "Zimbabwe incident". What ever that may be.

Starting off with the no ball incident against India, this article turns to a personal attack on Dilshan. Writer loses his objectivity along the way and start making serious innuendos based on his personal opinion and rumours. It is bordering on slander.
"Already there are rumours surfacing that Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) are keeping a close watch on his future behaviour, which could have something to do with an unsavoury incident that took place on the tour of Zimbabwe a couple of months ago. Two contacts in Harare (names and emails withheld) suggest certain people in the landlocked African nation were pleased to see the back of Dilshan when the tour was over."

They are after all, RUMOURS & GOSSIP. Of course names and e-mails withheld.

So Mr Chesterfield got it from 3rd or 4th party even. He wasn't there, we don't know what happened in Zimbabwe. Unless Mr Chesterfield shares these rumours of Dilshan's alleged crimes in Zimbabwe with us (which will allow us to make up our own minds about the incident and the seriousness of it), how can we agree to such a damning attack on "he who got too big for his boots"?

Why should Mr Chesterfield be the judge, jury and the executioner (or in this case, the one who's calling for Dilshan's head), based on rumours, suggestions, speculations?

Cheap gutter journalism with mud slinging and innuendo indeed.

Anonymous's picture

True, criticising Dilshan for Ranjiv's no-ball incident is one thing.

But to spread all sorts of rumours he heard about Dilshan is not serious journalism by any means.

There is another aspect to these allegations from Mr Chesterfield about Dilshan during the Zimbabwe tour. Whatever they were, those incidents took place in a far away land and were "known" by a privileged few (such as Mr Chesterfield's Harare contacts), they were not published in newspapers or we all would've got to know about it earlier. Is Mr Chesterfield spying on Sri Lankan Cricketers when they are on tour to collect dirt on them to dish out in his columns later?

Sorry Mr Chesterfield, it's just not Cricket

David's picture

Oh Anonymous, aren’t we the faceless, brave ones out there hiding behind the ugly facades. I don’t think Chesterfield cares what you think. And as for cheap journalism, really what are we talking about here, Anonymous?
What country are we talking about? Eh? Why, it is Zimbabwe, and it has one of the most repressive systems in the so-called free world and where newspaper reporters of any description are harassed on a daily basis. Have you been to Africa? Spent time in Zimbabwe? Do you know how non-state media people are treated? We live next door in Maun, Botswana and have done for 15 years excluding visits to relatives in Galle, and Botswana is right next door to Zimbabwe and why we see and help a lot of Zimbabweans who come through for food on a daily basis. Of course Chesterfield is going to withhold names and email addresses. If he had used their names, word would soon get back and they would be harassed or worse.
So, big mouth Anonymous, think again about that when you next apply your so-called opinions on this subject.

David's picture

Oh Anonymous, aren’t we the faceless, brave ones out there hiding behind the ugly facades. I don’t think Chesterfield cares what you think. And as for cheap journalism, really what are we talking about here, Anonymous?
What country are we talking about? Eh? Why, it is Zimbabwe, and it has one of the most repressive systems in the so-called free world and where newspaper reporters of any description are harassed on a daily basis. Have you been to Africa? Spent time in Zimbabwe? Do you know how non-state media people are treated? We live next door in Maun, Botswana and have done for 15 years excluding visits to relatives in Galle, and Botswana is right next door to Zimbabwe and why we see and help a lot of Zimbabweans who come through for food on a daily basis. Of course Chesterfield is going to withhold names and email addresses. If he had used their names, word would soon get back and they would be harassed or worse.
So, big mouth Anonymous, think again about that when you next apply your so-called opinions on this subject.

Goliath's picture

Dumela David, what exactly are u smoking in Maun? Are u delirious to talk nonsense on this forum? The point raised is that Trevor is not being professional. People have weaknesses and Dilshan doesn't play cricket because he's pretty or for his good manners but because he can bat or bowl or field. True that he needs to be reprimanded or advised by the Manager on how to conduct himself. We have to accept that cricketers are not saints but we also expect journalists like Trevor to do their job like a professional.

cut the bull-Anonymous's picture

hmm looks like david s got upset when i criticized trevor, wow!!
anyways to get to da point, so are we telling dat personal milestones are more important than team winning. india won anyway so i dont see y we shud worry abt one cry baby who couldnt get his century in PREVIOUS TWO balls. besides like u mentioned david this is professional cricket which means everyone play 4 a salary. i see no wrong in dat. nobody s here to give easy singles. so if u want gentleness and kindness, go to play with 5th graders!!!

Anonymous's picture

big mouth dilshan just won sri lanka da final,may b we shud apologize from da BCCI and fine sl team!!!

Anonymous's picture

Trevor Chesterfield ,,What a stupid article

james71's picture

dis guy really has somthin personal against dilshan, or may b he s just on da payroll for indians. i mean y does he have to drag all da baseless allegations??? to this article

Anonymous's picture

This guy Trevor writes bullshit.

Anonymous's picture

Thanks for breaking the news about the Zimbabwe incident here Trevor Chesterfield. Some of my fellow citizens are used to blindly idol worshipping their sports stars. Some even think they are duty bound to protect these strangers (players) who wont even give them a second glance if they saw them on the street. These are the very red neck psychos that caused such misery on this island.

If Dilshan is innocent he has nothing to worry about and others need not speak for him.

There are accusations that he is now being investigated for dealing with an illegal bookmaker.

rick's picture

am guessing u got turned down by a player for signin an autograph or taking pic huh?? annonymous??? life s sad buddy get over it!!!!

tpradeep's picture

stupid article

Crickter SL's picture

This article heading is BULLSH*T.. i think something wrong with this writer .. or he may have some personal problem with Dilly.
i would like to remmber you one thing before Suraj bowled a no ball he ball 2 more legal deliveris in the same over. why sehwag didnt took single in those balls??? common buddy stop this shit and find out something predictable.. Dilshan is the player who hit to indian soul.. i honest request to you do not publish this kind of article .. if you dont have anything to write .. write about Bulssh*t Ashes.. Shit Indian team

Kanchana1971's picture

After reading all these comments I realise what kind of people find this article objectionable and insulting. The kind that can't even construct a simple sentence in English. Can one expect them to grasp what is being said by Chesterfield if they can't even spell?

When they see the words "big mouth" next to Dilshan's name, the ignorant ones start barking senselessly without any consideration for the point or facts.

David Wijekoon's picture

@tpradeep and @cricketerSL - oh deary me all in a twist when they read the truth, or don't read through the article to get the facts.

Typical blind Sri Lankans supporting cheats on and off the field and with it, display their own dishonesty and misplaced intentions.

This is one of the top 20 columnist writers on the game - The Times (London) and The Hundu (India)have drawn attention to the columnist
- while the chips on your shoulders are getting bigger.

Facts are facts and you both, as with our politicos are typical stooges to the thugs trying to ruin the image of the country. Shame on you

Anonymous's picture

I don't see any "mud slinging" when I read this. Dilshan has a manager and every chance to clear his name. When allegations surfaced that Fernando hat met a bookie, what did Fernando's manager? He submitted a press release clarifying the fact. Dilshan's silence is deafening. He is not some innocent player who has to be treated like an under-aged child.

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