Should a batsman 'walk' when he knows he's out

@pitstop (7229)
India
January 4, 2008 11:41am CST
This debate will always rage on. If a batsman knows he 's nicked the ball but the umpire gives him not out - should he walk? I think he should. Umpires are there to help decision making. If you nicked it and are a true sportsman you should walk out. The very debate raging itself shows that sportsmen are dishonest and quite selfish. Its a matter of principle. WHats the difference between a batsman who refuses to acknowledge he is out and a murderer who says he is innocent. I know thst cricket is just a game - but he who cannot be faithful in small things in life cannot be faithful or true in the bigger things. Would love this debate to be here on MyLot with all your opinions!
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@amitavroy (4824)
• India
4 Jan 08
well first i would like to tell you that it is a very nice topic to chat on. well i think that we all know that cricket is a game of gentle man. and so if you are playing cricket then you should behave like a gentleman. so it is assumed that a true gentleman is he who will not take help of lies. if you are out then you are the best person to know. lbw decissions are such which batsman are never sure of. but nics are such that the batsman will def, know so that time they should walk.
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• India
6 Jan 08
I'd say no. Apart from the glamour, cricket is also about money and livelihood. If the guy is lucky, why not stand there and bat. Thanks.
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@pitstop (7229)
• India
6 Jan 08
I guess according to you then for glamour, money and livelihood anything is fair and can be called lucky. I can see what you mean but dont agree with it. Do you mean to tell me that dishonesty for livelihood and glamour is OK. Thats what corrupt politicians do. Would you think it alright if your own kid lied to you for fun just because he did not get caught?
• India
7 Jan 08
Thanks for trying to understand my comment.
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@sumitsonu (599)
• India
5 Jan 08
yea obviously when a batsman is out and he knows that he should leave the field, what is the use of cheating as the whole world comes to know about that , and the image of the player goes down.
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@pitstop (7229)
• India
8 Jan 08
I wish it were as simple as that!
• India
5 Jan 08
Well this is a Catch-22 situation. If the batsman tries to be a gentleman and walks off the field and his teams loses, and in the end he has won the hearts of the people but lost a more important battle. We may think that cricket being a gentleman's game every player should be at his hones best, but in todays cut throat competition which player would knowingly jeopardise his teams chances? I am not saying that there are no honest players around but those players are weighed down by a lot of expectations from the fans,teammates, and ofcourse the constant struggle to save their own places in the team. One can argue that the umpires are there to make the decisions and every decision made by them should be respected by the players. But, this seldom happens, isnt it? Players constantly argue with the umpires over decisons. Especially with the standard of cricket played today, every run every wicket counts where one wrong decision could overturn the match. You tell me, WILL YOU WALK OFF???
@pitstop (7229)
• India
5 Jan 08
The truth is -the CUT-Throat competition has robbed the game of its honesty. In a game - yes, I would have no problems walking off. I;m not a professional sportsman, so have not played competitive sports for a long time though
@bbsr13 (4198)
• India
5 Jan 08
Hello, pitstop! a good question indeed it is for discussion.cricket is no more the game of gentlemen.so the matches were being played with two umpires.but because the umpiring was constantly unfair the ICC has appointed the third umpire as well as a match reffery.in case of doubt the umpire should refer the case to the third umpire.but in the case of symonds rulled him not out and the entire things changed.oon wednesday the umpiring was consistently unfair.first ponting edged one down the leg side and was not given out.then when he edged one on to his pads,he was given out.shortly afterwards Sharma was denied his first wicket when the umpire did not give Symonds out after he nicked one behind.and to top it all,even the third umpire blundered when he ruled a stumping referral in Symond's favour.i think it is time now where we must use the technology as much as we can even though the process takes much time to take a decision.but even if it is slow,we must use it.otherwise,all of a sudden,the game is taken away from a side as it happened in case of India on wednesday.however things would have been better if Symonds and Ponting walked out of field as they knew it well that they were actually out.by doing so they would have justified that cricket is yet the game of gentlemen.thank you.good luck to you and Team India.
@pitstop (7229)
• India
5 Jan 08
The procedures to ensure fairness always keep increasing, but never keep up.
• India
4 Jan 08
If a Batsman knows that he's out He should really walk out. It really shows the sportmanship towards the Opponent Players. Its really a shame that A.Symonds didn't do that in the India vs Australia Second test Match... Its not good for the Game of Cricket.... :)
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@pitstop (7229)
• India
5 Jan 08
Its not just Symmonds actually. Most players these days do not walk!
@ajithlal (14569)
• India
4 Jan 08
I think batsman should walk if he knows he is out. I believe cricket is a gentleman's game and it should be played in the right spirit. The cricket is watched by billions of people all over the world. When a batsman walks, the respect for the batsman increases. If he stays in the crease, people will have less impression about the batsman. I think when the batsman walks, it also helps the umpires in the decision making.
@pitstop (7229)
• India
5 Jan 08
Cricket as far as I know is no longer a gentlemans game. It is a commercialised glamour sport with lots of money. Yes, talent is still there, but behaviour and attitudes make it extremely competitive rather than gentlemanly!
5 Jan 08
yes off course they should walk away when they know that they are out, its shows the real sportsmanship, and there faithfull towards there game...
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• India
8 Jan 08
yes he should in order to keep the spirit of the game alive