The cricketing world is stunned by Axar Patel’s questionable decision


By CNBCTV18.com STI (Update)

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Kettleborough took his time and watched the replay from as many angles as possible before judging Axar. According to the television referee, although Rizwan failed to recover the ball cleanly in the process of disturbing the stumps, the ball initially only touched the stumps marginally.

The cricketing world was shocked when TV umpire Richard Kettleborough ruled out the versatile Axar Patel for a tight call during the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 Super 12 match against Pakistan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.

Chasing the target of 160, India were 26/3 when Axar was promoted in the batting order.

Axar scored 2 runs from 2 balls when he spun the first delivery of the sixth on cannonball by leg spinner Shadab Khan into the covers. Axar was caught in a confusion as he took off for a single but Virat Kohli at bat at the other end dismissed it.

Standing in cover was Pakistani captain Babar Azam who picked up the ball and got rid of it in a flash by throwing it to his wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan at the batting end.

That’s when things got interesting, because in a hurry, Rizwan lost his balance and fumbled as he pulled the bails out.

When the on-field referee sent the decision to the television referee, replays showed that Rizwan failed to recover the ball cleanly and dislodged the bails with his bare hands. For a run-out to be considered legal, a defensive player must have the ball in their hands while disturbing the bails.

Kettleborough took his time and watched the replay from as many angles as possible before judging Axar. According to the television referee, although Rizwan failed to recover the ball cleanly in the process of disturbing the stumps, the ball initially only touched the stumps marginally.

Watch Axar Patel’s bizarre run-out below

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