Following his dismissal in the second innings of the World Test Championship (WTC 2023) final, India opener Shubman Gill took a long stroll back to the dressing room.
A Scott Boland delivery had taken the outside edge off his bat and found Cameron Green in the slips. Green slid to his left and grabbed it only inches from the ground.
The umpires went upstairs to confirm that the catch was legitimate, and third umpire Richard Kettleborough appeared satisfied by the proof that it was a clean one. Even with Green’s fingertips directly underneath the ball, it appeared from some angles as though it had contacted the grass.
Indian team and their fans were outraged by the ruling. The decision infuriated India’s captain, Rohit Sharma, who believed that there was little proof that the catch was clean.
After scoring 18 runs in the second innings with ease, a disgruntled Gill returned to the dressing room. It dealt Team India’s chances of catching 444 serious damage.
After the fourth day of the Test came to an end, Gill controversially expressed his unhappiness at being kicked out. He began by sharing the photograph of the capture taken by Green on his Instagram stories and adding a snide comment to it using the ‘clap’ emoji.
He then came to Twitter and posted the same photo with two emojis of ‘lens’ and one ‘facepalm’ emoji to reflect his thoughts on the controversial catch.
India played successful cricket after Gill went back. Rohit and Cheteshwar Pujara smashed 43 and 27 before being dismissed. Before Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane joined forces to put up a 71-run stand for the fourth wicket, their dismissals again left India in a precarious position.
India ends Day 4 at 164 for 3 as Kohli (44) and Rahane (20) remain undefeated at the crease. For them to win and make history, they still need 280 more.
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