Umpire Ian Gould was spotted apologising to Jason Holder after an umpiring error in the second Test between India and West Indies.
Players apologising to umpires for their misconduct or some other reasons is a common sight on a cricket field. However, an unusual sight was witnessed on day three of the recently-concluded Test between India and West Indies. Instead of any player apologising to the umpire, it was the other way round in Hyderabad.
The incident occurred in the fifth over of the second innings. Jason Holder bowled one to Prithvi Shaw which was fractionally short. As a result, Shaw tried to duck but misjudged the length as the ball hit him on his biceps. Holder and his teammates went up in unison for a lbw. However, Ian Gould turned down the appeal. But the visitors were convinced they had their man and went for the review.
And the DRS confirmed that it was umpire’s call with the ball. Consequently, Shaw survived but the replay sowed the ball pitching in-line, impacting in-line and clipping the bails. And as soon as Gould saw the replays on the giant screen, Gould immediately realised his mistake and gave a sheepish grin to Holder as the cameras panned on him. The English umpire went on to say sorry with a smile while Holder also took it sportingly and smiled back at the umpire.
Here is a clip of that incident:
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Meanwhile, India thrashed West Indies by 10 wickets to sweep the series 2-0. The hosts enjoyed a 56-run lead from the first innings despite suffering a collapse on day three. In reply to West Indies’ first innings total of 311, India resumed the day on 308 for 4 but were all out for just 367.
However, West Indies failed to capitalise on the opportunity as India bowled the tourists out for 127 to set a target of 72. KL Rahul and Prithvi Shaw then scored 33 each to take India home.