In one of the unfortunate incidents not only for the batsman but for the credibility of cricket, in particular. The cricketing fans have witnessed a bizarre DRS (Decision Review System) call during the ongoing penultimate Auckland Twenty20 International of India vs New Zealand 2019 series from the third umpire Shaun Haig.
As soon as the delivery thudded the pads of Mitchell, Krunal straightaway asked the question to the on-field umpire who put his dreaded finger up without wasting any time.
To talk about the delivery, Krunal who breathed fire caught Mitchell right in the crease when the latter tried to push the angling delivery before missing it completely while playing on the backfoot.
The on-field has given Mitchell out who was batting on one off two deliveries. Eventually, the decision from Haigh upstairs not only stunned batsman Mitchell, but skipper Kane Williamson at the non-striker’s end was taken to surprise with the decision as the replay suggested a faint edge on the HotSpot.
The television umpire Haig, who hails from New Zealand has declared Daryl Mitchell. The incident happened as the left-arm orthodox spinner Krunal Pandya bowled the final ball of Kiwis innings’ sixth over.
However, Haig had given preference to Snicko rather than HotSpot when the three REDS on Hawk-Eye went into bowler’s favour.
Pertinently, the Snicko technology didn’t saw any spike.
Also, the Black Caps cricketer-turned-commentator termed the entire episode as ‘ridiculous’.
Meanwhile, the fielders converge to talk as Team India interim skipper Rohit Sharma had a brief discussion with Williamson and Mitchell in the middle. Besides, Shikhar Dhawan had also a word with Williamson. And wicketkeeper MS Dhoni had a brief discussion with Rohit.
But in between Mitchell had a long way back to the pavilion.
“Once the DRS messed it up there was no solution other than asking the batsman to leave. The 3rd umpire has preferred snicko over hot spot. We haven’t heard the last of this,” maintained Harsha Bhogle.
Also, Williamson could be called by match referee David Boon following the unfolding of a decision under controversial circumstances.
Earlier, Williamson won the toss and elected to bat first.
India vs New Zealand 2019: Here’s the video of the incident: