- Oct 4, 2023
- Jun 28, 2023
India appear to be on a rocky boat at the ongoing World Test Championship (WTC) final at The Oval. Australia continued to land blows on India after dismissing them for 296 in the first innings after scoring 469. The Kangaroos picked up a 173-run lead and then declared on 270-8 in the second innings, setting up a colossal target of 444 for India to win. India in reply were 164-3 at the end of Day 4.
The Indians started strongly in the run chase of 444 as they made 41 runs in seven overs. it appeared to be going well for India but then disaster struck on the first ball of the ninth over when Scott Boland found the outside edge off Gill and then was caught by Cameron Green at gully for 18 off 19 balls. There was some doubt as to whether the catch was taken cleanly or not but after the third umpire Richard Kettleborough saw numerous replays many times, he adjudged Gill out.
After the decision was made the Indian players were bemused by the call and Rohit Sharma was not particularly happy. Gill was furious as he took a sly dig at the umpires over the decision on social media later. Gill posted a cryptic tweet and then took to Instagram to share a screenshot of the catch which took the internet by storm.
Even the commentators found the call of the third umpire Richard Kettle Bourgh questionable. This included the likes of Ravi Shastri and Virender Sehwag. Notably in the first innings, Gill coped with a lot of flak for his decision-making when he left a ball that he shouldn’t have due to which he was bowled. Gill’s scores have not made a good showing in the WTC final. The right-hander has made a total of 31 runs in two innings.
India and Australia are looking for the first WTC title. The two sides had met on Indian soil for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in March where India beat Australia 2-1 in a closely contested four-match series. In the last two tours to Australia in 2021 and 2018, India beat the Kangaroos twice to win 2-1.
Let us take a look at the reactions on Twitter:
Dil me legyaa lagta Gill , Abhi chotta hai na islia shayad! Aagge to Bhaout kuch dekhna Padega Sledging, more wrong decisions etc Jo Sachin or Virat ke sath hotaa ayya! Chlo shikj jaegaa Dheere dheree😂.
— ReD bAll🇮🇳 (@Cricfever1129) June 11, 2023
This is not first time batsman get out in this way.
Tbvh gill is such a cry baby.
— Mukul (@Mukul39903582) June 10, 2023
The finger is under the ball even if the ball is touching the grass. That’s clear catch. What else u want the fielder too do? Like comeon !
— Hanan Javed (@Hananleo9) June 10, 2023
Jitna time Instagram pe bitata hai utna pitch pe bita le to ye sab na karna pade.
— Naveen (@nav7852) June 11, 2023
This is unnecessary
— FLASHER (@FlasherFf) June 10, 2023
Insta Twitter har jagah aag laga diya hai 😹
But I think he should let it for fans.
— MSD (@kya_ukhaad_lega) June 10, 2023
Whatever happened but everyone knows he is going to be out at that time or after some balls😭
— Abdullah Sultan 🇵🇰 (@Abdulla10592440) June 10, 2023
The speed at which the review was done was unbelievable. They could have zoomed in but didn’t
— YSKR (@physioyskr) June 10, 2023
First of all , hyping too much of gill is such a foolish thing to do! He first needs to prove his mettle in tough conditions! We never feel secure or confident that he could win is a match in such situations!
— say the truth (@arjunjagadeesh) June 11, 2023
— Harsh Raj (@HarshRa37892254) June 10, 2023
Biggest Test match in his career, he was lookin soo good…. And then cones such horrible decision
Yes, he has every Right to cry or be disappointing with this decision
— Abhi063 (@Ab0612ish) June 10, 2023