Mumbai:Murali Kartik, who steered India to an ecstatic win in the final ODI against Australia, admitted having nicked Brett Lee during the course of his batting.
"At one point of time, after seeing the replay, I did feel that I had nicked one," he said.
Australian skipper Ricky Ponting laughed off Kartik's comment but many suspect that the Australians could make an issue of this, at least, in their newspaper columns.
"Kartik just admitted that he nicked it. Would have been nice if he had had a walk, but that's the game. India deserved to win," said Ponting.
Brett Lee had appealed for a caught behind but wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist didn't seem too interested.
At that point of time, India still needed 31 runs to win and Kartik held on firmly and made sure that India won the Mumbai ODI by two wickets.
Though Kartik did the right thing by not walking at that critical point, maybe he did the wrong thing by admitting it in the post match press conference.
And given the needle in this series many feel this could become more fuel for the fire.
But former cricketer Ajay Jadeja says umpiring controversies are more an issue for the media rather than for the cricketers.
"Some go for you some against. If umpire gives you not out even if you have nicked it, you should not walk. There are people like Gilchrist who do that but others look at it differently. I think Murali Kartik has done a fabulous job," said Jadeja.
Australia had truly been tormented by Kartik earlier in the day when he became just the fifth Indian bowler to take six wickets in a one dayer.
The effort earned him the Man of the Match award though, of course, his batting was just as crucial.
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