- Jack Leach has made a big statement on the error of the third umpire’s decision
- He compared DRS to the video assistant referee in football
- Comparing the two, he said – this is still ‘controversial’
England spinner Jack Leach, after facing the error of the third umpire’s decision, compared the decision review system (DRS) to the video assistant referee (VAR) in football, saying it is still ‘controversial’. The incident took place in the 75th over of the day when Jack Leach was caught by forward short leg fielder Ollie Pope, touching Rahane’s glove. England appealed but it was turned down by the on-field umpire and the third umpire Anil Chaudhary dismissed the review thinking that the ball went outside the leg stump and the visiting team appealed for a lbw.
Leach told reporters after the end of the day’s play, “We saw the third umpire taking the action of the ball, they were watching lbw, we knew he would not be out (lb).” We wanted him to see the ball after hitting the pad. He said, ‘It felt like a little VAR today, it is controversial, but it is like that’. However, England made it clear that they are appealing for the catch of the ball touching the gloves, not the bat. Although Rahane was later dismissed after six balls, he was bowled by Moin Ali for 67 runs.
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England captain Joe Root was deeply upset by the omission of third umpire Anil Chaudhary, for which he could not get the wicket of Indian vice captain Ajinkya Rahane and a DRS review also went on. Root was disappointed on seeing the replays on the big screen and the captain took up the matter with the on-field umpires. England also lost a review due to Chaudhary’s rejection. However, this review of England was reinstated under Rule 3.6.8 of the ICC (International Cricket Council) playing.
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He said, ‘They said they were watching, they would also look at the catch out but then began to look lbw, we wanted to see something else but they did not see that thing.’ He said, ‘This is something in which we could not do anything, but we were disappointed. However, there was some relief from the wicket falling in the next over. Rohit Sharma’s decision to stumps also went against England.
Leach said, “Ben Fox also suspected that he was out and when we saw it, we also hoped that the decision would be in our favor.” Asked about the day’s play, he said, “It was a difficult day for us, we have to play patiently tomorrow.” At the end of the day (Saturday) we got some wickets which was good. Tomorrow morning with the new ball we can take a few wickets. He said, ‘You saw that Rohit Sharma and Ajikya Rahane started scoring runs easily when they settled at the crease. We hope that our batsmen will also do so.