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CWG 2014: Kashyap slams umpires for wrong line calls during semifinal

PTI August 02, 2014 22:03 IST
Glasgow: Ace Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap today slammed the umpires for making wrong line calls during his men's singles semifinal clash with England's Rajiv Ouseph in the badminton event at the 20th Commonwealth Games here today.

Talking about the line calls, which went against him, Kashyap said: "Some of the line calls in the match were simply ridiculous. One (towards the end of the third game) was in and the replays clearly showed that. But the line umpire said it was out. It was ridiculous. I don't know why they wanted England to win.

"One (which was in) was overruled by the umpire when he was not in a position to see where the shuttle was falling. It was also not shown in the replays," he added.

Kashyap is now just one win away from winning a historic gold after he edged out World No. 26 Ouseph 18-21 21-17 21-18 in a gruelling one hour and 23-minute match at the Emirates Arena.

The World No. 22 Indian played out of his skin to avenge his loss to Ouseph, who had beaten him at the 2010 Delhi Games and also dumped him during the mixed team event here.

Kashyap said it was a satisfying win as the loss at Delhi Games was playing in his mind during the match.

"I won a bronze last time in Delhi. So I want to win a gold now. In Delhi, he had beaten me in singles while I had beaten him in combined team event. So here, I lost to him in the combined team and I was thinking that I should win in singles. The loss in Delhi in 2010 in singles played on my mind and it is satisfying that I won today," he said.

"He (Ouseph) is a very tricky player and we have played against each other earlier. He is one player who can take four-five points at a stretch. He keeps on coming and retrieving the shuttle. My tactic was to keep him engaged in a long rally and see if he commits mistakes. It was about who cracks under pressure first.

"I could not keep him on long rallies in the first game but was able to do it in the second and third. In the third game, I was well ahead towards the end but he won a few straight points and came close. But somehow, I am happy that I won," said the London Olympics quarterfinalist.