India opener Rohit Sharma, on Friday, took to Twitter to substantiate that the third-umpire's decision to give him out against the West Indies at Old Trafford in Manchester was controversial.
The flamboyant right-hander was visibly distraught after being adjudged caught behind off Kemar Roach. The West Indies pacer got one to swing into the right-handed batsman. West Indies went up in appeal for caught behind as it seemed Rohit had got an inside-edge onto the wicketkeeper.
On-field umpire Richard Illingworth ruled it not-out but West Indies captain Jason Holder decided to review the decision. And third umpire Michael Gough overturned the call only after a couple of replays.
The bat hitting the ground or the ball touching the pad may have different sounds, more than one, which makes the job of the third umpire tougher. The timing of each sound graph is analysed to check if it coincides with the ball passing the willow. In case of daylight between the bat and ball, the graph remains undisturbed.
Inconsistent DRS has often troubled the Indian cricket team. India had a referral turned down by the TV umpire in the fourth ODI against Australia in Mohali in March.
Ashton Turner, batting on 41, survived the caught behind appeal off Yuzvendra Chahal and went on to win the match for the Aussies. He smashed a 43-ball 84.
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The replays suggested a gap between the ball and the bat, but the snicko had a spike.
In the ongoing World Cup, Virat Kohli walked out without even nicking the ball in the high-pressure game against Pakistan.
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, commentating on the match, cleared the conception to a certain extent. “There is a creak in Kohli’s handle. It is a common problem in this part of the world. When you keep getting hit on top of the bat, the handle starts creaking. When nobody believes you have it, it is actually the sound that makes the batsman believe there is some edge,” he said on Star Sports .
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