'Absolute joke': Cricket world in shock over 'disgraceful' moment

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor
·4-min read
Joe Root and Jack Leach, pictured here remonstrating with the on-field umpire.
Joe Root and Jack Leach were left gobsmacked by the umpiring controversy. Image: Star Sports

The cricket world was left seething on Saturday during the first day of the second Test between India and England, with DRS and the third umpire sparking outrage.

England spinner Jack Leach said Test cricket had experienced its own "VAR" moment after video review controversy on two highly-questionable umpiring decisions.

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Leach was the victim on both occasions after believing he had Rohit Sharma stumped and Ajinkya Rahane caught at short-leg during his spell in the evening session at Chennai.

However both appeals were denied by the third umpire as India ended on 6-300 at stumps.

Third umpire Anil Chaudhary made an unusually swift decision on Rohit's stumping, despite no obvious sign that the batsman had anything behind the line.

And while that was a tight call, there was absolutely no doubt that Chaudhary had erred in reprieving Rahane after he was caught by Ollie Pope via his pad and glove.

Ajinkya Rahane, pictured here in action for India against England.
The ball clearly brushed Ajinkya Rahane's glove. Image: Star Sports

England used a DRS referral to contest Nitin Menon's 'not out' verdict, but were gobsmacked to see Chaudhary uphold it without having viewed the relevant footage.

Ultra-edge technology showed a clear spike as the ball brushed Rahane's glove, however Chaudhary never asked for that vision.

England captain Joe Root blew up at the on-field umpires after there was an apparent breakdown in communication as play resumed without the necessary frame being studied.

“Is the Third umpire p***ed!!!! He is having a stinker,” former England captain Michael Vaughan tweeted.

Aussie star Glenn Maxwell posted: “How can a third umpire not look at that?!?!”.

While others called the DRS farce "disgraceful" and "shocking".

Jack Leach hits out at Test cricket's 'VAR' moment

Luckily for England, Rohit and Rahane were both dismissed not long after their reprieves.

Match referee Javagal Srinath acknowledged the Rahane failure by reinstating England's lost review.

"It's a bit like VAR today, still controversial even though you've got the video there," said Leach, in reference to football's own flawed relationship with technology.

"There's nothing I can do. At the time I was a little bit angry, but getting a wicket the next over makes it a little bit easier and it's not cost us too much."

Shedding some light on the Rahane incident, Leach appeared to confirm that England's specific requests went unheeded.

"Out there, we were trying to get them to roll it through because we felt it (the contact) had come after. They checked for lbw, which we knew wasn't out," he said.

"They said they were checking it, and then the LBW came up and we were saying, 'No, no, no, check the other one' and that was it. I got the impression that they hadn't checked it.

"That's all right, it's obviously a mistake and these things happen."

As for the less clear-cut stumping chance, which would have given Foakes a reward for his flawless work up to the stumps, Leach added: "Watching it from behind I thought it might get given, but from side on was hard to tell.

"Ben didn't say it was definitely out, he wasn't sure, but when we saw it we were hopeful."

with AAP

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