Mohammad Shahzad, the top-order batter, was given out controversially by the on-field umpire during the India versus Afghanistan final in men’s cricket at the Asian Games 2023. On October 7, Saturday, at the Zhejiang University of Technology Cricket Field in Hangzhou, when the 35-year-old was given his marching orders back to the pavilion, he was visibly furious at the on-field umpire for making the out call.
The moment happened on the fifth ball of the third over in the batting innings of Afghanistan when Arshdeep Singh attempted a bouncer against Mohammad Shahzad. The batter tried to back away to presumably play the cut stroke over the deep third-man region, but the ball kept following him until it went past his bat.
After Jitesh Sharma grabbed hold of the ball, he, Arshdeep Singh, and the rest of the Indian fielders went up in arms to appeal for a caught-behind dismissal, which was duly accepted by the on-field umpire. Mohammad Shahzad was surprised to see the decision go against him before he showed to the Indian fielders that the ball had brushed his arm and not the bat on its way to the wicketkeeper.
Watch the video of Mohammad Shahzad's controversial dismissal:
The replays confirmed that Mohammad Shahzad was indeed correct in his argument that the ball had brushed his arm, but since there was no DRS available at the Asian Games 2023, he had to walk back to the pavilion with a feeling of disappointment. The opener for Afghanistan was dismissed for 4-off-6, with the team reeling at 9-2 in 2.5 overs in Hangzhou.