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WTC Final: Virat Kohli annoyed after UltraEdge used in umpire review of caught-behind

Former India opener Virender Sehwag was confused by the umpire's review of a caught behind appeal against Virat Kohli.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: June 20, 2021 12:32:32 pm
virat kohliIndia's captain Virat Kohli, right, interacts with the umpires during the second day of the World Test Championship final. (AP)

India captain Virat Kohli expressed disappointment after umpire Richard Illingworth sent an appeal for caught behind upstairs despite New Zealand not seeking a DRS review.

In the 41st over of India’s innings when New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult decide to appeal for a caught behind that went down the leg side.

While New Zealand captain Kane Williamson took time to ponder on going upstairs, DRS timer ran out and there was no way the Kiwis could appeal. However, confusion arose as the cameras failed to catch the soft signal from Umpire Richard Illingworth. With broadcast control also being handed to third umpire Richard Kettleborough, he went through Ultra-Edge protocols.

Since it was not a player review and yet UltraEdge was being checked, the question on everyone’s mind was why did they even check UltraEdge for an umpire review.

Kohli was seemingly asking the same thing and suggesting he thought they were only going to check if it carried cleanly to the keeper.

“Funny umpiring there with Virat. No decision given by the umpire and it automatically became a review,” wrote former India opener Virender Sehwag on the moment.

Here are some more reactions on the moment-

Later on, commentator Simon Doull explained the matter and said, “It wasn’t an umpire’s review.”

“Kane Williamson didn’t have to review, he doesn’t have to review when the umpires have decided they want to go upstairs to check something, and everything in the process is being checked. It was shown that Kohli did not edge the ball down the leg side, therefore given not out on umpire’s review. For all those who might have been a little bit confused as to how that worked,” he remarked.

What does the law say?

The umpires did follow due protocol and were well within their rights to go upstairs. Speaking to Cricbuzz, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said that the umpire had indeed given a soft signal and it was, in fact, out.

2.2.3 “The third umpire shall determine whether the batsman has been caught, whether the delivery was a Bump Ball, or if the batsman obstructed the field. However, in reviewing the television replay(s), the third umpire shall first check the fairness of the delivery for all decisions involving a catch (all modes of No ball except for the bowler using an Illegal Bowling Action, subject to the proviso that the third umpire may review whether the bowler has used a prohibited Specific Variation under Article 6.2 of the Illegal Bowling Regulations) and whether the batsman has hit the ball.

If the delivery was not a fair delivery or if it is clear to the third umpire that the batsman did not hit the ball he/she shall indicate to the bowler’s end umpire that the batsman is Not out caught, and in the case of an unfair delivery, advise the bowler’s end umpire to signal No ball. See also paragraph 2.5 below. Additionally, if it is clear to the third umpire that the batsman is Out by another mode of dismissal (excluding LBW), or Not out by any mode of dismissal (excluding LBW), he/she shall notify the bowler’s end umpire so that the correct decision can be made.”

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