Ind vs Eng Umpiring Howlers: Joe Root & England fuming, complains to match referee Srinath

India vs England Pink Ball Test – Joe Root upset with Umpires: England cricket team and English media is crying foul. Reason, England cricket team feels that third umpire and on-field umpires have not been fair to them. The English captain, Joe Root was animated and furious on few occasions on the Day 1 of the Pink Ball Test. The Third Umpire, Shamshuddin adjudged a couple of decisions in favor of the Indians in a manner which did not pleased the visitors.

Root and head coach Chris Silverwood raised their concerns to the Match referee, Javagal Srinath, about the incidents.

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India vs England : What made England so upset about the umpiring decisions ?

England was evidently in dire need of the wickets and those couple of 50-50 decisions going against them, just added to its misery.

Incident 1: Shubman Gill yet to go off the blocks, nicked one to Ben Stokes standing at the slip cordon, who didn’t latch onto it clearly, and Shamshuddin rushed into calling it not out. Few eyebrows were raised in the England camp.

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Incident 2: On the other instance, it was the set Rohit Sharma who was referred for a potential stump out chance off Jack Leach and once again according to Root and co., he managed to slip this decision in favor of the hosts without due care and time.

What did England pleaded to the Match Referee?

England’s primary plea wasn’t that why the Indian batsmen were shown the green lights and why weren’t their batsmen been unbiasedly given not-out, when Jack Leach was rightly given out caught low down in the gully by Cheteshwar Pujara but only after several angles were taken into consideration by Shamshuddin.

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They were raged because the Third Umpire was accounting slipshod decisions which could potentially cost England the match and the berth in the finals of the World Test Championship.

‘It’s very frustrating,’ said Zak Crawley, who marked his return from injury with a fluent half-century.

He also mentioned that “We’re behind the game, so we need those 50-50s to go our way and it seemed like none of those went our way today. When we batted, Jack Leach had a similar one where it didn’t quite carry. It seemed like they looked at it from five or six different angles. When we were fielding they looked at it from one angle. That’s probably where the frustrations lie. I can’t say whether they were out or not out. But I think the frustrations lie with not checking more thoroughly.”

Although it wasn’t the first time in the series when England fell victim to some erroneous decisions by the TV umpire. In the Chennai Test as well, the Third Umpire, Chaudhary, bailed out Ajinkya Rahane which turned out to be an err decision from the umpire, as emphasized by Srinath later on.

Although this Test is far from over, England is still chasing the Indians as India is in a dictating position in the match after the 1st day’s end of the play. India finished 99 for 3. Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane will take guard for the Indians on the start of Day 2.