WTC 2021-23

‘Umpire sab bike hai’ – Fans react as Shubman Gill vents his displeasure on Twitter after getting dismissed in controversial manner in WTC 2023 final

Shubman Gill scored 18 runs in the second innings of World Test Championship final.
Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill (Source: Twitter)

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.

India beat Australia 2-1 at the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in March

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:

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