The ongoing test series between India and Australia has already seen several controversies both on and off the field. Virat Kohli’s dismissal just ahead of lunch on the second day of what has been a fascinating test match so far sparked a whole new controversy, dividing the cricket experts and fans on social media from around the globe. The Indian skipper was adjudged caught out by third umpire Nigel Llong in a close call after Peter Handscomb claimed the catch at second slip.
The incident occurred in the 93rd over of the Indian innings when Virat Kohli edged the outswinger bowled by Cummins into the slip cordon. Peter Handscomb did really well to get down in time with the ball dying on him, staking a claim to have taken the catch before it hit the deck. The soft signal from Kumar Dharmaseena was always going to be really vital in such a case but the celebrations from the Aussies ensured that it went in favour of the fielding side.
Third umpire Nigel Llong had a good look at the catch from different angles and decided that there was not enough evidence to overrule the on-field decision. Kohli was visibly upset with the decision and walked back to the pavilion in disgust. The Indian skipper was extremely livid despite receiving a standing ovation from the Australian crowd after a marathon knock.
The wicket of Virat Kohli was always going to be the turning point as it provided a direct opening to the Indian tail and leaving the visitors in a spot of bother ahead of lunch on Day 2. Meanwhile, social media have given their verdict on the decision. The third umpire’s decision certainly hasn’t gone down well among the Indian fans, which is bound to spice things up when the hosts come out to bat later in the day.
Watch the video of the dismissal here :
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 16, 2018
Here’s how social media reacted to Kohli’s dismissal :
— Vishal (@wandering_raj) December 16, 2018
Kohli ! Third umpire becomes ' third rate umpire ' at times !
— Bosskey (@bosskeybytes) December 16, 2018
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 16, 2018
Any complaints regarding the Kohli dismissal should be focussed on the soft signal rule—there’s no way the on-field umpire has a better view than the TV umpire—not the decision itself. It was not clear either way. A controversial decision; but not a terrible one. #AUSvIND
— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) December 16, 2018
— Pramod Naidu (@naidu_pramod) December 16, 2018
— Dhanush Rustgi (@DRustgi) December 16, 2018
Virat Kohli was not out. This wrong decision may cost India this test match. #IndiaVsAus
— ravindra rajput (@ravindra_rajput) December 16, 2018
Why all the fuss about that catch when it’s exactly the same way the first test ended? #AUSvIND
— Matt Baseley (@MattBaseley) December 16, 2018
The bottom line is that technology in such matters is inconclusive and will always be inconclusive because we are seeing a 3 dimensional event in 2 dimensions. And so the verdict tend to go with the on-field umpire.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 16, 2018
— Prakashblr (@Prakash2007) December 16, 2018
— Nishant Bohare (@NishantBohare) December 16, 2018