- Oct 4, 2023
- Dec 2, 2022
India and Australia locked horns against each other in the World Test Championship (WTC) final at the Oval. Australia demonstrated that they were a better side as they beat India by 209 runs to clinch their maiden WTC title. Right after Australia were declared winners, the boisterous Oval crowd booed umpire Richard Kettleborough when his name was announced at the time of collecting his umpire’s medal.
This was in response to Shubman Gill’s controversial decision in the second innings. Shubman was batting on 18 runs off 19 balls and hit two fours. Scott Boland used all his might and bowled a good length ball around the off stump. Gill went towards the ball to defend it but the ball rose and took the shoulder of the bat and it flew to Cameron Green at gully. The ball flew very low to his left but he showed very sharp reflexes to take the catch.
After Green took the catch, the on-field umpires had a discussion and then sent the matter upstairs to Kettleborough to check for the legitimacy of the catch. After checking a lot of replays multiple times, he said that the fingers were clearly underneath the ball. This signalled an end to Gill’s innings. The man from Punjab did not have a great WTC final as his runs from both innings aggregated just 31.
Australia called the shots pretty straightaway and took the initiative away from India even as the Kangaroos were reduced to 76-3 at one point. Steve Smith made India’s shoddy bowling pay by scoring 121 off 268 balls with 19 fours. Smith found great support in Travis Head, who floored India’s bowling with a cracking innings of 163 off 174 balls with 25 fours and one six. India did not do well in the first innings as they ended up with just 296 in response to Australia’s 469.
This gave Australia a vital 173 lead. In the second innings, the Kangaroos declared at 270-8. Australia set a target of 44 runs to win. India could not deliver in the second innings as well as they scored just 234, which gave Australia a massive 209-run win and helped them get their maiden WTC title.
Let us take a look at the reactions on Twitter:
Me hota to Maar bhi deta vaha jake 😂
— Suneo Honekawa 🇮🇳 🇺🇸 (@parth_jani7) June 11, 2023
It wouldn't have made much difference tbh.gill isnt test level opener.he was out of control in his batting.
— Nick (@ni33321) June 11, 2023
It's high time.. We should boo for our team also these chokers are not gonna change
— Sharath🇮🇳 (@R_Sharath05) June 11, 2023
So, is that the opy reason because of which we lost? Do we just hang on to that one decision and be blind that how are batting unit performed other than that.
— Nishchhal Prakash (@nishchhal_) June 11, 2023
If he had given that notout then india would have lost 15 mins later.
— Fool's Gold (@annabelle127h) June 11, 2023
Not that it would've made a difference had @ShubmanGill not been given out then but RK deserved it anyway… you got to be blind to not see that one! With the technology also, the umpires are the same – they 5uck at their jobs.
— AntiXpert (@Anti_Xpert) June 11, 2023
— Pratham (@Pratham7340) June 11, 2023
Richard kettleborough 🌚 pic.twitter.com/OwQwehBNK6
— हिमांशु ⚡ (@himanshut017) June 11, 2023
Ganguly was hyped for BCCI president post, Dravid saab was hyped for head coach post (by me too), Rohit was hyped for captaincy, but nothing has changed so far. The process, intent, selections, blah blah. Tried now. pic.twitter.com/I0qKxJEvsu
— Ekansh Sharma (@Ekansh_Sharma21) June 11, 2023
Boo's trophy for the Crowd
— Dhruv (@being_ingenious) June 11, 2023
Wth man. Be human
— Vipin Tiwari (@vipintiwari952) June 11, 2023