In recent times, one of the biggest debates in the cricketing fraternity has been the umpiring mess-ups and expecting anything other than more blunders in the Windies series would have been really foolish. As Nigel Llong gave another wrong call, the hosts overturned the decision by taking the DRS after the timer clock went off.
With KL Rahul sitting out, the pressure was on Shikhar Dhawan to make the opportunity county but Sheldon Cottrell had some different plans. On the third delivery of the match, the Jamaican bowled a good length delivery and considering the fact that Cottrell’s major weapon is to take the ball away from the southpaw, and the Indian opener wasn’t prepared for something different.
However, the ball held its line after pitching but Dhawan played outside the line of the ball. After the ball escaped the inside edge, it went on to clip the front pad and then smashed the back pad in line with middle and off. There were a couple of sounds which convinced the umpire that there was an inside edge and he didn’t raise his finger.
The Windies has very little chance there is a slender hope in the Windies side that it might actually go on their way. Wicket-keeper Shai Hope wanted the review immediately but Jason Holder decided to speak at length to the bowler and decided to go for the review only after that. But think what, after the DRS timer had gone on to naught but for reasons only known to Llong, he allowed the Windies team the review.
However, the replays clearly gave the idea that it would have hit the middle stump and after checking the RTS once, the third umpire confirmed the dismissal. The decision brought Cottrell’s salute celebration but it left a lot of questions about umpire’s intent as he allowed the team to go for a review after the clock had run out. Here is the video of the same:
Here is how Twitterati reacted to the same:
— Jayant Bansal🇮🇳 (@JustJayant) August 11, 2019
Another failure for Shikhar Dhawan, and it's the quick in-swinger again. All eyes would be upon him in the 3rd ODI now. #WIvIND
— Sparsh Telang (@_cricketsparsh) August 11, 2019
@SDhawan25 two digit score challenge to you 😉
— Ashwin Kamath (@avkamath1212) August 11, 2019
— Samay Turakhia (@samay_srt) August 11, 2019