Virender Sharma, the third umpire who became the reason for Suryakumar Yadav to walk back to the pavilion, is in the news for the wrong reasons. He is the least favorite person of the former Indian cricketers because even after several replays he couldn’t find valid proof to overturn the soft out signal and Yadav had to go back amid an amazing inning.
SURYAKUMAR ON THE PITCH
The fourth T20 went great for team India as they registered a splendid comeback at the Narendra Modi Stadium. India defeated England by 8 runs and the series was leveled with 2-2. Suryakumar came out to be the star player of the match as it was the first time he was batting for India. He had debuted in the 2nd T20I but did not get a chance to showcase his skills with the bat. But when he did receive an opportunity, he grabbed on to it and proved that he was a capable player. He made his maiden half-century in this match which was not only his first 50 in a T20I but also gave India a stronger ground.
GREAT INNING, DISAPPOINTING DECISION
The first ball he faced was delivered by Jofra Archer and he sent that ball flying and registered a six. He continued in the same fashion and made 57 runs off 31 balls. This half-century includes 3 sixes and 6 fours.
Then something happened which gave to this controversy which has ticked off most of the former Indian players. Suryakumar Yadav was dismissed when he was caught off Sam Curran by Dawid Malan at fine leg. The replays showed that the ball had burst through Dawid Malan’s hands and grazed the grass before he got control of himself and the ball.
When the on-field umpire failed to decide the status of the batsman, the case was given to the third umpire, Virender Sharma. Virender Sharma had to see the replay several times but couldn’t find any proof to overturn the soft out signal. Thus, Suryakumar’s wonderful inning came to an end and he walked back to the pavilion.
LEGENDS SUPPORT YADAV
This dismissal of Suryakumar Yadav sparked a debate amongst the former cricketers.
VVS Laxman took to Twitter to question, “How can this be out.” He argued if the third umpire wasn’t sure after watching multiple replays and had to rely on the decision of the on-field umpire, this rule needs to be revisited.
Sanjay Majrekar also shared “another perspective” on this catch. He said that showing real-time replay along with slow motion is “always a good idea”. Akash Chopra, the star commentator wrote from his official handle, “That’s Not-Out IMHO. Let technology overrule it.”
Danish Kaneria and Virender Sehwag also expressed their point of view on Twitter. Kaneria referred to Suryakumar as “unlucky” and also said that it was a poor decision made by the on-field umpire. Sehwag on the other hand went sarcastic and posted a picture of a blindfolded child, captioned, “Third umpire while making that decision.”