Chris Gayle lost his wicket on a controversial delivery during West Indies’ World Cup 2019 match against Australia at the Trent Bridge, Nottingham, on Thursday.
Both cricket experts and fans slammed Ruchira Palliyaguruge and Chris Gaffaney for their poor umpiring on the field, with West Indies bowling legend Michael Holding calling the umpiring “atrocious”. Later, skipper Jason Holder also had to suffer from a similar umpiring howler.
In fact, West Indies failed to chase 289 and suffered a 15-run defeat to Australia.
Gaffaney raised his finger twice in three balls to give Gayle “out” while Palliyaguruge’s decision was two-times over-ruled by DRS against Holder.
Here’s how Virender Sehwag, Dhanush and others reacted on Twitter:
4 overturned reviews so far shows how the umpiring has been. Far too many mistakes. Very poor.
And this is a World Cup. #AUSvWI
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 6, 2019
— Dhanush (@dhanushkraja) June 6, 2019
— Shreevats goswami (@shreevats1) June 6, 2019
Michael Holding is TEEING off on the umpires here
"The umpiring in this game has been atrocious"
"The umpires are weak"
— Matthew Taylor (@MattyA_Taylor) June 6, 2019
No batsman has been given out three times in an innings as Gayle was.
And now we learn a missed no ball prior to his actual dismissal means he shouldn’t have been out anyway because it should have been a free hit.
— Peter Lalor (@plalor) June 6, 2019
— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) June 6, 2019
Massive no-ball, the ball that got Gayle out should have been a free-hit. It is understandable when a close no-ball is not given, missing this one is criminal. With third umpire no-ball checks on fall of wickets, on-field umpires aren’t even checking NBs. #Criminal pic.twitter.com/ipOwQgQgiG
— Rehan Ulhaq (@Rehan_ulhaq) June 6, 2019
— Deep Dasgupta (@DeepDasgupta7) June 6, 2019
The Umpire Strikes Back. Eventually. #Gayle.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 6, 2019