In the ongoing Test match between India and England, the ‘Pink Ball’ seems to be doing more than the players would have thought of. England didn’t manage to read the ball from hand in the first innings and were bundled out for mere 112 runs. In reply, India got off to a fine start under lights, but replicated England’s effort on Day 2 afternoon. Soon after getting all out for mere 145 runs, England openers came out to face Indian spinners – Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin. In the first over itself, Axar Patel sent Zak Crawley and Jonny Bairstow back to the pavilion. It almost looked like that India wouldn’t let England to score many runs, but Ben Stokes and captain Joe Root stitched all-important partnership of 31 runs before former departed to Ravichandran Ashwin for 11th time in the Test history.
However, during their partnership of 31 runs, there was a controversial decision by third umpire Chettithody Shamshuddin. On the fourth delivery of the 15th over in the second innings, Axar Patel bowled a good length delivery to Joe Root. Batsman Root leant forward to defend and he tucked his bat-pad very close together in the process. Almost everybody, including the on-field umpire Anil Kumar Chaudhary felt Root was out. Anil Chaudhary didn’t take much time and raised his finger. Every Indian was excited, and it looked like that even England skipper wasn’t sure if it was bat first or pad first.
After discussing with non-striker Ben Stokes, he went for the review quite hesitantly. Eventually the decision went to third umpire and he took his time to see it from different angles before showing his decision on big screen. The bat was very close to the ball and the UltraEdge showed some spike as the ball went past the blade. The telly umpire asked for the zoomer angles and he seemed convinced that there was some bat. The side-on angle gave some clarity and on field decision was reversed.
On one angle, when it looks like it’s pad first and the other angle showed the exact opposite. On this, fans were quick enough to express their emotions through tweet. Majorly, the Indian fans were against third umpire and made some bold comments.
Here are the tweets
3rd Umpire made the decision totally under pressure of English Management who complained yesterday.
It was clear OUT.
Joe Root survives. #INDvENG
— Shikha Mistry (@TrollNaaka) February 25, 2021
Bc! That was out#INDvENG
— Tushar Rane (@tushnemma) February 25, 2021
That seemed like another major case of DRS being a tactical opportunity to get a reasonable decision brought into question just because it was unresolvable through a camera, rather than overturning a howler. Not my idea of what it’s for. #IndvEng
— A space helmet for a cow (@TomEvans80) February 25, 2021
— Shiv. (@BeinggSalmanics) February 25, 2021
Fucking Shamsuddin, you damn moron. #INDvENG
— TheOnlyPtolemy (@PrinceVegeta92) February 25, 2021