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New Zealand Captain Brendon McCullum is guilty of Criminal Mischief. Plain and simple. His third ball dismissal was beyond the pale. It was ludicrous.
This was no exhibition game or a meaningless, 2-days lost to the rain County Championship game. This was the World (bloody) Cup.
Three balls. Missed all three and bowled off the last.
Yes, he acted like he indeed had three balls. He things and acts like he is God. He is not and we all know it.
This was beyond irresponsible.
He should be charged the second he sets foot back in New Zealand.
He should NEVER be allowed to play for New Zealand again. Players have been banned for less. Yes, even I have been dropped from cricket teams for less. This was not bad luck or poor judgement. This was criminal.
Then there is, alas, the ever niggling red flag. Was there more to his 3 balls than just plain criminal stupidity — though that is also a crime.
We have, over the last two weeks seen some VERY INEXPLICABLE behavior by some VERY senior players. Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and in the 2nd Semi-Final Dhoni. Dhoni not only wasted balls but AMBLED across for the run in which he got RUN OUT. Check out the video. He didn’t dive. He didn’t even rush. If anything he slowed down.
What is going on?