Australian opener, Matthew Wade has expressed his disappointment over the third umpire’s decision to deem Tim Paine out while Cheteshwar Pujara survived under similar circumstances. Australian skipper, Tim Paine was controversially given out when the Indians reviewed the on-field umpire’s decision of not out.
Umpire, Paul Reiffel adjudged Paine not out after the fielding side appealed for a caught behind. India’s interim skipper, Ajinkya Rahane reviewed the decision. While the hotspot didn’t show anything, the Real-Time Snickometer (RTS) showed a small spike as the ball passed the bat.
Even without much conclusive evidence, third umpire Paul Wilson asked the on-field umpire to reverse his call and signal the batsman as out. Paine, who was Man of the Match in the first Test, looked upset with the decision and was seen shaking his head while walking back to the dressing room.
Paine was given out but not Pujara: Matthew Wade
Wade, who played a gritty knock of 40 runs from 137 balls, pointed out that India’s batting mainstay, Cheteshwar Pujara was given not out on in the 12th over of India’s innings when things transpired similarly as that for Time Paine.
Wade, who was standing in the slips at that time, is certain that Pujara nicked the Pat Cummins delivery. Australia reviewed that decision and Pujara was given not out by the third umpire when hotspot didn’t show anything, but there was a slight movement on the snickometer. Hence, the left-hander calls for consistency in decisions as far as the third umpire or DRS is concerned.
As quoted by Sportskeeda, Matthew Wade said, “From what I’ve seen it looked pretty similar to the first ball of yesterday, the one we actually referred, I think it was off Pujara. So from all reports and what I’ve seen, Snicko showed a very similar thing, one was given out and one was not out. That’s the way the cookie crumbles sometimes, but that’s what it looked like from where we’ve been sitting and watching.”
“I heard a noise on the Pujara one, I was at first slip at the time, and his bat was the only thing out there, and then we saw what you guys saw on the ground, which was a small spike. Either way, if it was out or not out, consistency is all you want as a player,” Wade added.
After conceding a lead of 131 runs in the first innnigs, the hosts have ended Day 3 at the score of 133 for the loss of 6 wickets. Australia would be hoping to add some more runs to their 2 run lead.