The Australian and Pakistan semi-final witnessed an incident where Warner took advantage of a double-ball bouncer which slipped out of Mohammad Hafeez’s hand. Many in the cricketing fraternity including Gambhir believed that the short was against the sportsmanship spirit.
Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis while speaking to A sports, voiced their opinions on the incident. Waseem believed that the shot was allowed in the context of the rules and that warner was in “legal limits”, Waqar believed that it was against sportsmanship. Waqar also criticized Langer’s ‘unbelievable’ comment to the shot, elaborating that while anyone is free to play shots on such a ball, such things shouldn’t be promoted.
The match hung in balance when Hafeez came into the bowl. Seeing the opportunity that the bowl had double bounced, Warner stepped out of the crease and smacked the ball for a six. Warner not only got a six off that ball but also earned a free-hit as the ball was deemed no-ball by the umpire.
Waqar Younis recounted an incident when the Pakistani team was playing against Australia in Hobart where Justin Langer nicked a ball but refused to walk away. Terming the nick as “biggest nick”, Waqar went on to say that Langer did admit after 2-3 days that he had nicked the ball.