New Zealand have expressed concerns regarding the coin toss conducted by Indian skipper Rohit Sharma during the first semi-final match of the ICC World Cup 2023, Fox Cricket reported citing the source of Blackcaps' camp.
As per the report, the manner in which Rohit flipped the coin raised doubts among their team throughout the tournament.
Before the semi-final, a dispute emerged amid reports suggesting that the BCCI had pressured the ICC to utilise a previously used playing surface instead of a fresh pitch.
Despite these claims, India maintained an undefeated record, securing a berth in the World Cup 2023 final by convincingly winning all 10 of their matches.
At the coin toss, Kane Williamson deferred to the decision of the match referee as the coin had landed a few metres away. The match referee promptly announced that India had won the toss. Consequently, the Team India elected to bat first, amassing a formidable total of 397-8 in 50 overs.
Remember, former Pakistan cricketer Sikandar Bakht stated that Indian skipper Rohit Sharma threw the coin far away so that New Zealand’s captain couldn’t see it.
"If you see closely enough, whenever Rohit Sharma gets to flip the coin for the toss, he also tosses it far away from the other captain. It is almost far enough that the other captain never really gets to see what the actual outcome of the toss was," Bakht said while talking on Geo News.
On the other hand, Wasim Akram dismissed the conspiracy theory about Rohit Sharma fixing tosses.
"Who decides where the coin should land? The mat is there for sponsorship reasons. I feel embarrassed,” Akram said while talking on a local sports show.
It must be noted Rohit Sharma recorded five wins and five losses in tosses during the marquee tournament.