Third umpire decisions on DRS calls after has been a matter of debate ever since the introduction of the new rule and technology to help avoid on-field howlers. Legends of the game like Sachin Tendukar has also opined that some changes should be brought in it.
The ongoing 4-match Test series between India and Australia is also having its fair bit of controversies surrounding the rule. In the Boxing Day Test, a DRS call involving Tim Paine went in India’s favour. The 36-year-old was given out by the third umpire in Melbourne off a small spike on snicko, despite no mark appearing on DRS and on-field umpire’s decision in his favour.
On Day 3 of the third Test at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Tim Paine lost his cool and hurled expletives after his DRS call involving Cheteshwar Pujara was turned down by the third umpire. The Australian captain had immediately sent the not-out call upstairs but Cheteshwar Pujara, India’s number 3 survived the bat-pad review on 13, with no evidence that he had edged the ball.
Paine lost his cool and instantly confronted the umpire. Here is how the conversation went on.
Wilson: “He’s making the decision, not me, I’m not the third umpire.”
Tim Paine: “Fucking consistency, Blocker, there’s a thing (spike) that goes past it.”
Earlier, on Day 2,India opener Rohit Sharma’s on-field out decision was overturned. In that instance, decision after looking at the leg-side hotspot could not be takes as Matthew Wade blocked the sight.
Coming back to Day 3, Cheteshwar Pujara was looking rock solid again as he hit his 26th Test fifty in the longest format. Pat Cummins, the number 1 Test bowler, got his wicket soon after. India were reeling at 196 for 5 at the time this article was published.