Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag has revealed how he sometimes used to chat up with umpires in order to get into their good books. This would then work out in his favor, as certain close decisions would go in his direction.
Talking about one such incident, Sehwag recalled how he took Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf out for a meal, arranging everything in the restaurant. Later, during the Test match against Australia, Sehwag recounted how he had nicked the ball to the keeper, but Asad Rauf stood still and adjudged it not out.
“Once I was batting at 90 in Mohali against Australia. Asad Rauf was the umpire. I played a cut shot and it was heard in the dressing room of Mohali because there was hardly any crowd in Mohali. There was a loud noise and he said not out,” Sehwag remembered.