3rd umpiring decisions under fire
While the T20I series between India & England has provided great excitement , some blatant umpiring blunders have taken a lot of attention the the 4th T20I. There were two absolutely atrocious decisions in the Indian innings by 3rd umpiring decisions under fire which could have damaged India’s chances to level the series .
The 1st controversial dismissal of the evening was of Surya Kumar Yadav playing his debut innings . After a fine 50 he swung down legside and Dawid Malan in deep square leg appeared to have caught it almost from the ground. Further replays suggested clearly that the ball was grassed before Malan managed to take it. The on field umpire Anant Padmanabhan signaled soft signal as out as he referred to 3rd umpire Virender Sharma and after almost 3-4 minutes of deliberations with footages from various angles Sharma gave it OUT though the frontal footage showed clearly that ball was grassed , so that was a cruel end to Surys’s knock.
Later Washington Sundar met with similar fate as Adil Rashid in trying to catch him apparently appeared to have touched the boundary ropes with his heels. This time too the soft signal was out and 3rd umpire, after long deliberations ruled it OUT leaving India at the receiving end of another dubious decision.
ICC now needs to think strong and hard whether the soft signal element needs to be removed as that will allow the 3rd umpires to take more independent decision rather than consider the soft signal as a stronger verdict. In the above two cases the 3rd umpire had the right to overrule the field umpires decision but decided otherwise for according to him there was no clear evidence to overturn the decision though replays clearly proved otherwise .