Twitter hails Aleem Dar for standing in the rain to complete the formalities

Twitter hails Aleem Dar for standing in the rain to complete the formalities

Dar didn't cross the boundary line until the decision was confirmed.

Aleem Dar
Aleem Dar. (Photo Source: Twitter)

There is no denying the fact that Cricket is a gentleman’s game. In spite of the fact that, matters do go out of hands, one cannot take away the credit from the sport that never fails to mesmerize us. It is not only the players who have made it a gentleman’s game but also the umpires like Aleem Dar who have maintained the trend.

The 5th One-Day International between Sri Lanka and England was interrupted by rain but the hosts Sri Lanka had done enough to get over the line and finish on the winning side. England, while chasing 367 were reduced to eight wickets with just 132 runs on the board.

Aleem Dar’s dedication

At the same score, in the 27th over bowled by Akila Dananjaya to Liam Plunkett was given out when he was unable to pick a googly which hit him on the right thigh. Aleem Dar, the umpire raised the finger immediately as it looked to be plumb, however, Plunkett opted for a review.

The rainfall had started by then and all the players were running off the field. Aleem Dar then exemplified his discipline towards his duty. He waited patiently in the rain until the result of the review was declared. Since it was out, he raised his finger the second time declaring it as out while moving out of the park.

The Pakistani umpire has not only been one the most disciplined but also one of the best umpires in the recent times. His decision in the 1st Test of the Ashes series 2010 for Alastair Cook is remembered as one of the greatest decisions. It was challenged by the Australian cricket team through DRS as it was an absolutely close call, however, it went in favour of the English cricket team.

Aleem Dar has officiated in over 300 matches across three formats, having been honoured with the David Shepherd award for three consecutive years in 2009, 2010 and 2011 after being nominated in 2005 and 2006.

Here’s how Twitter hailed Aleem:

~Written by Aayushmaan Vishwanathan