During the second day of the fourth Test of the ongoing Pataudi Trophy between England and India at The Rose Bowl, Southampton, Ben Stokes dismissing Ajinkya Rahane became the highlight of the second session mainly because of how things proceeded during the review.
It happened on the penultimate delivery of the 47th over when Stokes found Rahane plumb in front of the stumps. There weren’t many apprehension regarding the dismissal for the ball looked to hit the stumps.
Once umpire Bruce Oxenford rules the batsman out, it appeared unlikely that the ball would completely miss the stumps, something that the Indians fans were hoping for. That being said, what followed during the review procedure called for debatable talks.
Stokes’ front foot was seen crossing the line to a naked eye. The same was evident even after some replays. However, umpire Joel Wilson was of another opinion and ruled the ball as a ‘fair delivery’, something which meant that there were minimal chances of Rahane surviving the verdict.
Wilson’s decision attracted instant arguments on Twitter. From people criticizing the West Indian umpire to disgracing the technological side of the game, there were numerous responses on the social networking platform. Renowned ex-cricketers and experts, too, lent their voices on the issue.
However, most of them were of the opinion that the first impact of Stokes’ foot had his heel slightly behind the crease. Some of them also advocate for the benefit of doubt going to the bowler in such a scenario.
Earlier in the Test match, the Indian bowlers had bundled out the opposition for 246 in 76.4 overs. Jasprit Bumrah, who opened the bowling for India, was the pick of their bowlers, picking up figures of 20-5-46-3. The Indian bowlers were assisted well by their fielders, especially captain Virat Kohli, who took two brilliant catches to dismiss Alistair Cook and Jos Buttler.
Watch the major Twitter reactions on Rahane’s dismissal:
Was a brave umpiring call that……Stokes might be a bit lucky here. The benefit of doubt goes to the bowler but technology is there to take the doubt out of the review.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 31, 2018
#INDvsENG Ajinkya Rahane’s dismissal on a referral given out on a No Ball ! That clearly is a shocker & a mockery of technology ! However , India slowly frittering away the advantage of a great start given by the fast men yesterday ! Post Tea yesterday & Post Lunch today setbacks
— Rajeev Waghre (@Rare22) August 31, 2018
A completely wrong decision given by third umpire to Ajinkya rahane gived lbw a No ball delivery.
How can you recovery for that mistake?
Why you’ve not any rules about that type of mistake?
If you’ve realize then Should recall him for play again.@bcci@imVkohli @ICC #ENGvIND
— Ravi pratap singh (@ravipratap913) August 31, 2018
Y der r two different line rules for Bowlers n Batsmen !! Ajinkya Rahane’s dismissal looked a no ball one !! Need a clarification !!
— Sawan ® (@sawan_panchal) August 31, 2018
ajinkya rahane was not out..
— Dr Anuj Kumar (@dr_fr_u) August 31, 2018
The third umpire just did a blunder, or dare I say cheating, while giving Ajinkya Rahane out!! The foot of the bowler was clearly outside the crease. #IndVsEng
— Prashant Kumar (@scribe_prashant) August 31, 2018
— Sagar Sharma (@_mesagarsharma) August 31, 2018
— Komal Negi (@iam__komalnegi) August 31, 2018
Third umpire u should review ur umpiring coaching again as with ajinkya Rahane decision u seem to be very unfair or biased in comparison with Bumrah no ball #indvseng @virendersehwag @sir_akashchopra @DeepDasgupta7 @englandcricket @BCCI
— Arvind Srivastava (@itsarvind_sri) August 31, 2018
A Poor Decision from the Third Umpire. It was a no ball from Stokes . But can’t do much . Ajinkya Rahane gets plumb in front of the stumps. #ENGvIND
— Sharat Chandra Bhatt (@imsharatbhatt) August 31, 2018
Well that is clearly a no ball..that is biased umpiring from third umpire #JoelWilson ..poor #AjinkyaRahane already out of form and on top of that gets a horrific decision #EngvInd #IndvEng #BCCI #ViratKohli
— Harshad parmar (@Harshad9Parmar) August 31, 2018