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Axar Patel recalled after bizarre decision during India A vs South Africa A

Umpire Virender Sharma raised his finger but called Axar Patel back to bat as he realised his mistake after witnessing the 25-year-old shell-shocked by his decision.

By: Sports Desk | August 31, 2019 7:58:19 pm
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Umpire Virender Sharma took an unexpected decision in the India A vs South Africa A second ODI clash on Saturday when he called back Axar Patel after declaring him out.

The incident took place on the first ball of 18th over of India A’s innings. Patel flashed his bat at a wide yorker from Marco Jansen but could not get bat on it. There was no bat involved but the sound of bat hitting the ground led to Jansen half-heartedly appealing for a caught-behind.

Umpire raised his finger but called the left-handed batsman back to bat as he realised his mistake after witnessing the 25-year-old shell-shocked by his decision.

It was one of the rare instances where the umpire took a major decision. The umpiring standards have been under the scanner of late. From Kumar Dharamsena awarding one extra run in World Cup 2019 final to Joel Wilson not giving Ben Stokes out at a decisive moment of the third Ashes Test. Virender’s gesture comes as a surprise to all.

After the major ‘U-turn’, South Africa A players were not happy with the umpire. However, skipper Temba Bavuma kept his cool and accepted the umpire’s decision.

Here are a few reactions to the bizarre turn of events:

The southpaw’s wicket was crucial given the stage of the match. India A needed 20 runs from 23 balls and Patel’s wicket would have added more pressure.

The Gujarat all-rounder got out in the next over which led to a minor batting collapse causing jitters in the India A dugout. But, Krunal Pandya kept his cool and helped India A win their second win in the ODI series by two wickets with six balls to spare.

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