Former Australian leg-spinner, Brad Hogg has come forward and questioned a controversial DRS call, which went in favor of England, on day four of the ongoing fifth rescheduled Test match against India at Edgbaston in Birmingham. India decided to go for a review after the on-field umpire denied their appeal for an lbw on Mohammed Shami’s delivery to Joe Root.
The DRS call came against India at a point when the hosts were reeling at 132/3 with Root playing on just 12 runs. The former captain went on to score an unbeaten fifty to put his side ahead of India at the end of day four. The replay showed the bat almost came in contact with the pad when the ball passed by it and landed on the pad.
However, there was a clear spike when the ball touched the bat/pad, and there was no conclusive evidence for the third umpire to rule out the inside edge. But the third umpire seemed okay with their verdict of ‘bat not involved’ and asked on-field umpire Richard Kettleborough to stick to their original decision.
For India, it wouldn’t have mattered as the ball seemed to be projected over the stumps anyway. Fans and cricket experts have often been seen criticizing the controversial decisions from the umpires regarding Ravindra Jadeja’s catch by Root and Matthew Potts’s catch by Shreyas Iyer before.
Meanwhile, Brad Hogg said that it should have been the umpire’s call at least as the Indian team wouldn’t have lost their previous review for the same lbw decision against Root earlier. In his tweet, Hogg read: “Small pads, Shami skiddy bowler, front foot not fully on tippy-toes, was the DRS technology a little harsh on India? I felt umpires call at least, thus India would have kept the review.”
Small pads, Shami skiddy bowler, front foot not fully on tippy toes, was the DRS technology a little harsh on India?
I felt umpires call at least, thus India would have kept the review. #INDvsENG pic.twitter.com/6y7RaCQHEE
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) July 5, 2022
On the next ball, Root smashed the four on the legside and eventually remained unbeaten on 76 at the end of Day 4. Jonny Bairstow continued his brilliant form with another fifty and remained unbeaten on 72 runs off 87 balls. England needs 119 runs to win on day five with seven wickets remaining.