ICC World T20 | Twitter Debates Axar Patel’s Controversial Exit

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!

Was he out?

The wicket keeper did it!

Badly given or the rules are correct?

Sad session in Melbourne so far!

Ideally yes! But no idea.

Bad luck!

Oh lol! The game is still on.

Looks like but need to double check!

ROLF! What’s funny here?

Exactly. Yes! Not impressed with the referee’s decision!

The big screen showed it as OUT!

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