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Rohit Sharma controversy: Indian fan edits Wikipedia page of Third Umpire Michael Gough post ruling Rohit Out | India vs West Indies

Gurpreet Singh
|Thu Jun 27 2019

Rohit Sharma controversy: Indian fan edits the wikipedia page of Third Umpire Michael Gough after he ruled him Out versus WI at Mancheter

There are no points for guessing as to how emotional the Indian Cricket fans are, whenever their team is in the thick of action. And if it is a World Cup match, the level of excitement and adrenaline is on a different level altogether.

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The excitement was expected to brew up, which indeed happened as India geared up to clash against the West Indies in match No. 34 of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Opting to bat first, on what looked a good batting surface (to ultimately turn up to be sluggish), India were on their way to a decent start, with Rohit Sharma smashing a couple of fours and a six to start off the proceedings.

But, the excitement soon snowballed into a controversy, which once again involved the umpire- not the on-field ones, but the third umpire- Michael Gough.

What was the controversy all about?

It all happened quite early on in the innings, in the 6th over. Windies pacer, Kemar Roach bowled an excellent inswinging delivery to Rohit Sharma as the ball went between the bat and the pad through to the wicket-keeper Shai Hope.

The umpire gave it a Not Out, but there was clearly some noise as the ball passed through, which forced Jason Holder, to go for the review. The Ultra Edge, did show some spike, but it wasn’t clear whether the ball kissed the bat or the pad on the way through. But, the third umpire, Michael Gough was quick to rule the decision in the bowling team’s favour, with even the commentators unsure about the same.

This is where the entire controversy erupted and the Indian fans were all over Michael Gough like a rash on social media platforms.

Michael Gough’s Wikipedia page

One of the angry fans, too the controversy to a completely different level altogether. He in fact, edited the information present about Michael Gough on Wikipedia, to give it a bias version stating that the English third umpire hated the Indian Cricket Team, specifically the Indian opener Rohit Sharma.

Moreover, he also took the abusive route, which has  become the unfortunate  benchmark of trolling taken by the so-called emotional fans of the teams and the game at large.

Have a look at Michael Gough’s edited Wikipedia page:


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