Parthiv Patel, the former Indian wicket-keeper feels that the rule of the soft signal needs to be done away with. According to him, there is no need for that rule in cricket. Parthiv’s statement surfaced after the controversial dismissal of Suryakumar Yadav, the middle-order batsman of the Indian T20I team. It was the 4th T20I of India vs England at Moetra in Ahemdabad and Yadav was playing at 57 when he was sent to the pavilion due to the rule of the soft signal.
A GREAT INNING WAS CUT SHORT
It was Yadav’s first inning for India and he was playing amazingly well. This right-handed batsman had already scored 57 runs off 31 balls which included six fours and three sixes. This splendid inning was cut short when Sam Curran delivered the ball which was caught by Dawid Malan at fine leg. But the fielder was not sure whether the ball had carried or not. To solve this dilemma, the on-field umpires referred the shot to the TV umpire.
Suryakumar’s fate was dangling between the umpires. When the shot was replayed by the TV umpire it suggested that Malan might have rubbed the ball on the grass before catching it. But due to soft signal, Yadav had to go back to the pavilion and his amazing inning had come to an end.
”YOU MAKE YOUR OWN DECISIONS”
This is what enraged Parthiv Patel and he said outright that cricket does not need a soft signal. It should be a straightforward decision. It should be either out or not out. If there is any doubt about the catch the player needs to go to the third umpire, according to Parthiv Patel. He said, “If you are not sure, go to the third umpire and tell you make your decision.” The player said this is how the game was played before and this should be the present norm too.
“IT’S A DECISION THAT THE THIRD UMPIRE HAS TO MAKE”
He also said that going to the third umpire does not mean that a player is not out. But this decision needs to be made by the third umpire because the player does not know what happened on the field and complete clarity is needed in the game.