Australian wicketkeeper Peter Nevill showed a brilliant presence of mind to stump Sri Lankan batsman Dimuth Karunaratne in the third Test at Colombo. The brilliant stumping brought back the memories of T20 World Cup where Indian skipper MS Dhoni did something similar against Bangladesh.
Nevill stumped Sri Lankan batsman in the 14th over. Karunaratne was well beaten outside off stump by a sharp delivery from spinner Nathan Lyon and he idly lifted his back foot a second later. Sensing an opportunity Nevill whipped off the bails and appealed to the umpire. Following a review, Karunaratne was given out stumped for 22.
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Meanwhile, the stumping has not gone down well with some fans and they took to Twitter to express their disappointment.
my take on the Peter Nevill stumping: it's unAustralian
— Vince Rugari (@VinceRugari) August 16, 2016
Call me old fashioned but I'm not keen on that stumping by Peter Nevill. frankly its piss weak. #AUSvSL
— tedk (@tedk11) August 16, 2016
@gilly381 Your sportsmanship is 👍🏼 do you think Peter Nevill's stumping is in the spirit of the game? (Not his character, just the action).
— Gordon (@gtwiegold123) August 16, 2016
Just saw that Peter Nevill stumping. Poor choice to do that.
— Marco Monteverde (@marcothejourno) August 16, 2016
However, Nevill’s illustrious compatriot and one of the finest wicketkeepers of all time, Adam Gilchrist seemed fine with the dismissal while former pacer Mitchell Johnson praised Nevill on Twitter, calling the dismissal “game awareness.”
I think it's ok. Just a little bit lazy from batsman, and @pmnevill quite within rights to appeal.
— Adam Gilchrist (@gilly381) August 16, 2016
— Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) August 16, 2016