Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni’s half-centuries in between a quick fire 46 run stand from Harik Pandya helped India drown the West Indies at the ICC World Cup. After winning the toss and choosing to bat first, India posted a competitive total of 268 on a slow surface of Old Trafford.
While the Windies also bowled decently on a slow pitch but Rohit Sharma’s controversial dismissal was the talk of the town after the first innings came to an end in Manchester. The former Indian cricketers were not at all convinced with the decision and felt that the benefit of the doubt should’ve gone to the batsman.
The incident happened in the sixth over when Kemar Roach angled the ball in from length while bowling from wide of the crease. Rohit was surprised with the movement and was strangled while playing the shot. There was a big gap between the bat and pad and the ball went to the keeper through that gap.
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Wicketkeeper Shai Hope appealed for a caught behind, but the umpire gave not out. The decision was then reviewed but there was no conclusive evidence and thus the benefit of the doubt should go to the umpire whose call was not out. But instead, third umpire Michael Gough ruled Rohit out.
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Meanwhile, the former Indian cricketers who are working as experts for Star Sports were not at all happy with the decision. “There was clear gap between ball and bat, so it was clear not-out,” Irfan Pathan said while Lakshimipathy Balaji remarked, “I am not too convinced.”
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Harbhajan Singh, on the other hand, was of the opinion that the benefit of doubt should’ve gone to Rohit Sharma. “After watching replays, we thought it was not-out, the benefit of doubt should go to the batsman,” he added while Parthiv Patel said, “The replays weren’t conclusive, so the on-field decision should’ve stayed.” The former cricketer Aakash Chopra also echoed similar sentiments on the matter.
Nonetheless, thanks to some exceptional bowling by the Indian team, they are now on the brink of the semifinal of the World Cup 2019.