David Warner, Australia’s opening batsman, was recently chastised for displaying a lack of sportsmanship during the 2021 T20 World Cup semi-final match between Pakistan and Australia.
Warner hit a six off a ball that had slipped through Hafeez’s grasp. As Warner advanced down the pitch to smack the ball anyway, the ball had already bounced a couple of times. The umpire had ruled that the ball was a no-ball. While Warner did not break any rules, he demonstrated a lack of sportsmanship by capitalizing on Hafeez’s error. The incident sparked outrage in the cricketing community, with former players Waqar Younis and Harbhajan Singh expressing their displeasure with Warner’s actions. They claimed that, while the incident was within the bounds of the rules, Warner should not have played the ball in the spirit of the game. They claimed that their teams had previously been given such opportunities, but they chose not to take advantage of them out of respect for the game and the opposition.
Warner stated that he had every right to play the ball because Hafeez was also attempting to outwit him during the match. He claimed that Hafeez was attempting to pause his action in order to judge his movement, but he failed to execute it perfectly, allowing him to take advantage of the situation.
Warner explained his actions in a video posted on Twitter by a fan. Fans asked Warner about the incident in the video, and he explained that Hafeez’s no-ball was not by accident.
“It wasn’t by chance. He (Hafeez) was watching me see what I was going to do. So he was going to bowl and then stop to see if I was coming down the wicket and what I was going to do. That’s what happened,” Warner explained during the conversation.