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WATCH: Umpires do not allow batter Will Young to take DRS after he misses 15-second window; replays confirm he was not out

The Kiwi opener lost his wicket as he failed to take the review on time.

Rohan Gulaty Author

Updated - 28 November 2021 5:32 pm

Virender Sharma and Will Young

The 1st Test between India and New Zealand has not gone according to the plan for umpires. The duo of Nitin Menon and Virender Sharma, who are two of the best officials in the country, have had a rather unusual outing in Kanpur as they have made some bad decisions on the field. The DRS has been called into action on quite a few occasions throughout the course of this match with the on-field decisions eventually getting reversed.

However, it was not the case with Will Young on Day 4 of the match. After the New Zealand openers were asked to bat for few overs in the final hour of play on Sunday, their only motive was to survive. India opened the bowling with the spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel and the off-spinner managed to beat the defense of Young on final delivery of 3rd over.

New Zealand lose 1st wicket under controversial circumstances

The ball had pitched outside the off stump before spinning sharply, going past Young’s bat. The ball had kept quite low and hence the only issue with the appeal was if it was going down the leg or no. Umpire Virender Sharma opined that it was hitting the stumps as he raised his finger.

The Kiwi opener looked quite unsure about the call as he engaged in a long conversation with his partner Tom Latham. The 15-second DRS window countdown was going on and it had ended before Young made the gesture of taking the review.

In the background, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane could be seen telling the officials that the window was over and the batsman can’t take DRS now. After consulting with the third umpire, it was eventually decided that Young will have to make a long walk back to the pavilion having missed his opportunity to take the review on time.

As it turned out, the replays confirmed that the ball was going down leg and Young would have survived if he had taken the DRS within the allocated window.

Watch the video here:

It was the only wicket that New Zealand lost on the day as their score read 4/1 in 4 overs before stumps were called.


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