India posted a competitive 268 at Old Trafford against West Indies on Thursday. Virat Kohli becomes the fastest to score 20,000 International runs, scoring as many as 72 runs in the match, while KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, and MS Dhoni made valuable contributions with 48, 46, and 56 respectively.
However, beside Virat Kohli’s innings, what else made the headlines was Rohit Sharma’s controversial dismissal, evoking reactions from around the world.
India didn’t lose a single wicket in 5.5 overs and were going pretty well before a Kemar Roach’s angled delivery went between bat and pad only to see Shai Hope and Roach appealing for a caught behind. The umpire wasn’t too convinced and hence gave not out. However, given the wicket-keeper and the bowler heard a sound, Holder went for DRS.
Rohit Sharma’s Controversial Dismissal
The ultra-edge did show a spike, but, the ball being so close to the bat and pad, it wasn’t quite evident if the ball had actually kissed the bat before deflecting the pads. Replays showed that there was no bat involved and the sound actually came off the pads, but third-umpire without taking too much time declared India’s vice-captain out only to see the fans and the experts fuming over the decision.
Experts while commentating on Star Sports showed their aggravation over the decision. Former Indian bowler Irfan Pathan felt that it was clear not-out, while Harbhajan Singh felt that the benefit of the doubt should go to the batsman.
“There was a clear gap between ball and bat, so it was clear not-out.” Irfan Pathan said.
“After watching replays, we thought it was not out, the benefit of the doubt should go to the batsman,” Harbhajan Singh asserted.
“The replays weren’t conclusive, so the on-field decision should’ve stayed.” Parthiv Patel said.
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