Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag reacted to Shubman Gill’s controversial dismissal on Day 4 of the ongoing World Test Championship (WTC) final at the Oval in London. Virender Sehwag took a dig at the third umpire, and said that the decision should go in favour of the batter.
Shubman Gill was dismissed for 18 runs in India’s second innings of the match at the stroke of tea. The right-handed batter edged the delivery in Scott Boland’s bowling in the eighth over. Cameron Green, who was stationed at the gully, dove to his left and completed a one-handed catch.
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The on-field umpires referred the decision to the third umpire, Richard Kettleborough, as Green took the catch very close to the ground. Richard Kettleborough declared Gill out on the big screen after seeing multiple replays. The third umpire said that “fingers underneath the ball”.
Virender Sehwag took to Twitter to share his disappointment over Shubman Gill’s dismissal. Sehwag shared a picture of a blindfolded person, comparing it to the third umpire.
“Third umpire while making that decision of Shubman Gill. Inconclusive evidence. When in doubt, it’s Not Out,” Sehwag tweeted.
Third umpire while making that decision of Shubman Gill.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 10, 2023
Former Pakistan wicketkeeper-batter Kamran Akmal criticized the third umpire’s decision, saying it wasn’t a clear catch.
“Shocking Decision by third umpire. It wasn’t a clear catch of @ShubmanGill,” he wrote.
Shocking Decision by third umpire..It wasn’t a clear catch of @ShubmanGill
— Kamran Akmal (@KamiAkmal23) June 10, 2023
However, Cameron Green said that it was a clear catch, and the third umpire agreed with it too.
“I definitely thought I caught it, at that time, I think in the heat of the moment, I thought it was clean & threw it up and obviously showed no sign of any doubt and left to the third umpire & he agreed as well,” Green said.