The Indian umpires came under lots of criticism on the 1st day of 2nd test . The 3rd umpire Anil Chaudhary was under fire from the media and the experts for a couple of wrong decisions which benefitted both Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane although both the decisions did not prove costly . Gautam Gambhir said that it was wrong on the 3rd umpire’s part not to have gone through the whole replay in entirety on DRS review involving Ajinkya Rahane.
“That wasn’t the right thing. Obviously, the third umpire needs to look into everything. And I’m sure, had he [Rahane] stayed a little longer, England would have been very, very unhappy,” Gambhir said on the Star Sports Network.
Gambhir also cautioned the Indian umpires who faced lots of flak on social media for the poor umpiring calls during the opening day.
“You ended up taking a review because you knew there is something and till the time you don’t check the entire thing, England would have been very hard done by that. Yes, he got out probably after not scoring any runs after that but then these are things which you have to be very professional with, especially the third umpires,” Gambhir added.
There was another decision involving centurion Rohit Sharma. The India opener survived as there was plenty of doubt whether his foot was behind the line as Ben Foakes apparently stumped him.
Former English captain Michael Vaughan and Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell also criticised the umpiring decisions in their respective twitter handles
With lots of close decisions to follow on a spinning pitch in next four days , the umpires will be under acute observation.