The end of India’s innings in the ongoing first ODI West Indies was marred by a controversy when third umpire adjudged Ravindra Jadeja run out. Asked to bat first, India posted 287 for 8 in the allotted 50 overs. Under-pressure Rishabh Pant top-scored for the hosts, scoring a calm and composed 71 to anchor the innings.
The Men in Blue were off to a poor start as Sheldon Cottrell dismissed KL Rahul and Virat Kohli in the same over to reduce India to 25 for 2. Rohit Sharma and Shreyas Iyer steadied the ship and added 55 runs before the former was dismissed too.
Iyer and Rishabh Pant then scored fifties and added 114 runs for the fourth wicket to put India on their way to a good score. Iyer scored 70 while Pant scored 71. Towards the end, the likes of Kedar Jadhav and Ravindra Jadeja played handy knocks to ensure India put up a good total. For West Indies, Sheldon Cottrell, Keemo Paul and Alzarri Joseph picked up two wickets apiece.
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Controversy on Jadeja’s run-out:
Ravindra Jadeja’s dismissal, nonetheless, was controversial and left India skipper Virat Kohli fuming. The allrounder was indeed dismissed in a controversial manner thanks to the main umpire. Keemo Paul bowled a full length delivery outside off to Ravindra Jadeja and the India star pushed it towards silly mid-off before setting off for a quick single.
The fielder hit the stumps but Jadeja looked safe as he dragged his bat. Umpire Shaun George also thought the same and decided against referring the decision to the third umpire. Usually nowadays, the main umpires refer all the run-out and stumping decisions to the third umpire to stay on the safer side.
But George decided against it and soon paid the price. West Indies players looked fine when the umpire adjudged Jadeja not out before seeing the replay on giant screen. West Indies captain Kieron Pollard approached the umpire and asked him to refer the decision to the third umpire. The main umpire duly followed it and Jadeja was given out.
Kohli, however, was furious and understandably so since the timing of the referral was not at all ideal. Kohli stood up from his chair, shook his head in disbelief before walking back into the change room.
Here is a clip of that incident: