Controversy and drama surrounded Ravindra Jadeja’s run-out dismissal in the first ODI between India and West Indies at MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai on Sunday (December 15).
The incident happened in the 48th over of India’s innings when Jadeja tried to sneak a quick single off Keemo Paul. There was no doubt that Jadeja didn’t make his ground in time, but confusion prevailed over the nature of appeal and the process followed by the umpires.
The fielder who directly hit the stumps at the bowler’s end, Roston Chase, made a proper appeal to the on-field umpire Shaun George. The umpire, however, didn’t immediately check with the third umpire.
Before delivering the next ball, Kieron Pollard, who was possibly alerted by the West Indies dressing room, asked the umpire to check Jadeja’s dismissal. After further delay and confusion, the third umpire was called in, and the right decision was made.
The incident, meanwhile, made Virat Kohli furious as the Indian skipper left his seat and walked towards the field angrily. Kohli, however, did not enter the ground as Jadeja walked back to the dressing room.
— Safikur (@iam_safikur) December 15, 2019
Why can't #Jadeja be declared out after watching the post-match highlights…??!
If it is argued against, right decisions cannot be looked for when umpires make a mistake…. !!
— ArulMozhi 💛👑 (@bobMani07) December 15, 2019
It must be noted that neither the laws of the game nor the ICC playing conditions have set a time limit for an on-field umpire to check run-out decisions with the TV umpire.
India scored 287/8 in their stipulated 50 overs batting first.