Australia vs India: Third Umpire's Contentious Run-Out Call Causes A Stir On Twitter
Former cricketers, including Shane Warne, took to Twitter to have their say on the contentious run-out call, involving Australia captain Tim Paine.
- Tim Paine survived a close run out call on Day 1 of the Boxing Day Test
- Former cricketers expressed their surprise over the contentious call
- Tim Paine was eventually dismissed for 13 by Ravichandran Ashwin
Tim Paine survived a close run out call before being outfoxed by Ravichandran Ashwin on the opening day of the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday. Some hesitation between Paine and Cameron Green almost led to the former's downfall. Green prodded the ball towards mid-off and set off for a run, Paine didn't seem too keen but went through. Rishabh Pant whipped the bails off, and the initial few replays seemed to show that the bat was on the line. Another look from a different angle, however, worked in Paine's favour as the third umpire gave the benefit of the doubt to the Australian captain. Paine, however, didn't hang about for much longer as Ashwin had him caught at backward short leg for 13.
However, many including spin great Shane Warne took to Twitter to express their surprise at the third umpire's decision.
Very surprised that Tim Paine survived that run out review ! I had him on his bike & thought there was no part of his bat behind the line ! Should have been out in my opinion— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) December 26, 2020
That was OUT.— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 26, 2020
Jason Holder was right. If players can be in a bio-bubble for soooo long....let umpires should be doing the same. #AusvInd
This is very poor umpiring at the highest quality of the game. pic.twitter.com/OLGkI9vMPj— Praneeth Reddy (@Praneet30310027) December 26, 2020
Umpires looking for "conclusive evidence" didn't bother to even check the stump cam view? Some umpiring.— Rahul Sen (@RahulSaysSo) December 26, 2020
It's damn clear that it's on the line!— Aatmsaat () (@SarvGunSampann) December 26, 2020
Poor decision by the 3rd umpire!
Former India cricketer Wasim Jaffer poked fun at the umpire's decision by posting another hilarious meme.
Indian bowlers performed brilliantly on the opening day after Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin were unplayable for long periods of the first session, with the latter once again accounting for the wicket of Steve Smith, who was dismissed for a duck.
Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head did well in the first hour of the second session but India wrestled back the control with Bumrah removing Head and debutant Mohammed Sirajtaking his maiden Test wicket to send Labuschagne back to the pavilion.
Siraj took his second wicket, removing Cameron Green after the Tea break to extend India's advantage with Paine following his teammate back to the pavilion an over later.