Watch: Kohli giggles at umpiring blinder
Recently, umpiring decisions have not really gone well and it is either of the team is getting benefited and affected. It was witnessed during the ongoing Ashes series between England and Australia where a certain section of players from the respective teams was not pleased with the decision made by the on-field umpires.
Now, the same mishap was seen during the first T20I fixture between India and West Indies in Florida. Indian skipper Virat Kohli openly took a dig at one such howler after the wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant’s DRS appeal lead to West Indies’ top-scorer Kieron Pollard taking a long walk back to the pavilion.
In what was a sheer bowling display by the Indian cricket team, Navdeep Saini justified his selection absolutely right as he was spot on with his line and lengths. His stupendous performances reaped him the much-needed rewards and thereby he ended up as a star performer for India.
He chipped in with bowling figures of 3/17 on his international debut where he trapped the danger man Kieron Pollard, especially the manner in which he took the wicket.
It all happened during the third ball of the 20th over, Saini delivered a full toss which indeed dipped on the hard-hitter as he tried to slog it away.
However, Pollard was beaten completely as the ball struck him on the pads. Despite the fact that Indians were confident of their appeal, the umpire was not interested at all as he turned it down reckoning that it was going above the stumps.
But Rishabh Pant behind the stumps was surely convinced about the dismissal and he even suggested his captain to take the review.
TV replays on the big screen displayed that the ball clearly struck Kieron Pollard on his thigh pad and height was not going to be an issue at all. UltraEdge also ensured that there was no inside edge and then HawkEye suggested that the ball was hitting the middle and off stump.
The third umpire had overturned the decision instantly after looking at the replay, the Indian captain, who was fielding at the deep region at that time, couldn’t resist his laughter and had also signalled towards his teammates, pointing the inefficiency of the umpire.
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