Kane Williamson led his team from the front to victory against South Africa courtesy of a glorious match-winning ton in a rain-reduced 49-over World Cup 2019 match at Edgbaston on Wednesday. The Blackcaps kept their unbeaten streak at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 intact whereas South Africa choked to their fourth defeat in six matches. Paul Adams, a former South African off-spinner rained over New Zealand's parade when he tweeted an instance from the match where Williamson nicked the ball but didn’t walk.
Read Adams' tweet here:
Adams questioned Williamson’s ethics as it is in the spirit of the game to walk away to the dressing room when a batsman knows that he is out. In the match against Pakistan, the Indian skipper walked out when he thought he was caught behind, even though the replays, later on, showed that he hadn’t edged the ball. Former Australian Cricketer Adam Gilchrist famously walked in the semifinals of the 2003 World Cup.
In a must-win match for South Africa, and they overlooked an opportunity to dismiss Williamson, who later became the flag bearer of New Zealand’s victory. It didn’t stop there, in Imran Tahir's 38th over, South Africa aided Williamson and De Grandhomme a reprieve each, letting their must-win match slip away. While David Miller missed a couple of tough chances -- against Williamson and De Grandhomme in the same over. On the last ball of that over, Williamson bottom-edged delivery, but South Africa opted against taking a review as wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock did not hear anything despite taking the catch. The replays confirmed the edge but the chance was gone.
"We weren't aware of it. I think I was at long on at the time, and Quinny is the closest to the action. He's always my go-to man," said South African skipper du Plessis. “I just thought it was a plain miss. I just heard about it now at the post-match that he said he had a nick on it. But even Kane said he didn't know he had to fine tune it. He would have referred it. But that's not where the game was won and lost," Du Plessis added.
Adams further tweeted would Willamson be upset if he was mankaded.
Would South Africa have ended up on the winning side if Willamson had walked? The fans will never know.