Although it plays a major role in improving the quality of games, technology too often leads to controversial decisions. The India-Pakistan encounter became the latest example on Sunday after Axar Patel was ruled out by the third referee despite the lack of conclusive evidence.
Chasing a goal of 160 against Pakistan, India found themselves in deep trouble at the Melbourne Cricket Ground after being reduced to 31/4 early in their innings. The clinical display of the Pakistani bowling unit played a major role in triggering the Men in Blue’s collapse, but all the limelight, in typical fashion, was stolen by their sloppy line-up and chaos which resulted.
Axar Patel came at bat after the loss of three wickets and had the responsibility of stabilizing the innings with Virat Kohli. He was against Shadab Khan on the first ball of the seventh and was presented with a length ball on his legs. The all-rounder pushed the delivery towards the short wicket midfield and sprinted to sneak in a cheeky single. However, Kohli turned down the opportunity after an initial reshuffle, leaving Axar stuck in midfield.
Babar Azam collected the ball but fumbled, offering his counterpart a glimmer of hope for survival. Axar pulled off a desperate dive to save himself but there was further chaos when Mohammad Rizwan failed to grab the ball cleanly and appeared to smash the wickets using only his gloves. Even though Rizwan had clearly caught the batter short of his crease, there was confusion over whether the ball was still in contact with his gloves at the telling moment.
Slow-motion television replays indicated the white Kookaburra was very close to the gloves when the sureties were stripped, but there was no conclusive evidence to come to an absolute decision. The body language of the wicketkeeper and captain convinced everyone of the batting’s safety, but with a sensational call, third umpire Richard Kettleborough waved Patel back to the dugout.
The controversial decision sent shockwaves through Twitter as Pakistan erupted in joy, prompting fans to engage in heated discussions over the incident.
Insane decision of the third referees!
— Shair E Shahdara (@ChWahidAhmaPMLN) October 23, 2022
Babar Azam yes!!!!
Axar Patel is gone
— Shamoeel Vlogs_official 🇵🇰 (@VlogsShamoeel) October 23, 2022
Was he out?
The wicket keeper did it!
— Jagat Kumar (@JagatK_) October 23, 2022
Badly given or the rules are correct?
— Ayush (@Ayuushhere) October 23, 2022
Sad session in Melbourne so far!
Axar Patel is gone. India lost the 4th wicket. Security is a poor excuse! This humiliation is the real reason why India does not want to travel to Pakistan to play #AsiaCup2023. 😅😅#INDvsPAK #Melbourne #
—Muhammad Awais (@Awais_safdar_) October 23, 2022
Ideally yes! But no idea.
Foul given to Axar Patel. The wicket-keeper was not holding the ball as he went down so he did not go out
– None (@WalaNitin0) October 23, 2022
— Elon Mast Aadmi (@elonmastaadmi) October 23, 2022
Oh lol! The game is still on.
— 𝙈𝙖𝙝𝙧𝙤𝙨𝙝 (@arayWah_mahrosh) October 23, 2022
— Saral Margi Upatsombya🇮🇳 (@TBagalwadi) October 23, 2022
Looks like but need to double check!
Was Axar Patel wrongly given?
The rules of cricket do not say that if the bails fall before the ball hits the stumps, the defensive player must remove the stumps to claim the wicket!
Your comments @GabbbarSingh
— Pushyamitra 🚩🇮🇳🇮🇳🚩 (@pushyamitrsunga) October 23, 2022
ROLF! What’s funny here?
— lala Asif 🇵🇰 (@lalaasifbaloch) October 23, 2022
The ball must be in the keeper’s hand when the stumps are triggered
Axar Patel’s exhaustion is questionable#INDvsPAK
— Intekhab Alam (@Bhola4U) October 23, 2022
Exactly. Yes! Not impressed with the referee’s decision!
The big screen showed it as OUT!
— Gautam SR (@Gautamsrlive) October 23, 2022
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