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India had registered an emphatic victory in the first ODI against West Indies on Sunday and will be aiming to seal the three-match series, when Rohit Sharma’s men meet the ‘Men in Maroon’ for the second game in Ahmedabad. The hosts had chased down a 177-run target with six wickets to spare after the Indian spinners ran through a hapless Windies batting order.

It was a near-perfect outing for the Indian team in the 1st ODI but the same cannot be said for umpire KN Ananthapadmanabhan, who had three of his decisions overturned in significantly quick successions.

KN Ananthapadmanabhan (L); Rohit Sharma (extreme right) taking the review during 1st ODI.(Hotstar/AP)
KN Ananthapadmanabhan (L); Rohit Sharma (extreme right) taking the review during 1st ODI.(Hotstar/AP)

India Wins The 1st ODI But KN Ananthapadmanabhan Was Criticized For His Multiple Errors Resulting In His Decision Being Overturned Thrice

The first successful review came in the 12th over of the West Indies innings when Washington Sundar trapped Darren Bravo in front of the wickets. A second came in the 20th over when Yuzvendra Chahal was convinced on another leg-before shout.

Merely two overs later, Yuzvendra Chahal induced an outside edge off Sharmarh Brooks and Rohit Sharma took the review straight away, resulting in another dismissal.

Washington Sundar With Rohit Sharma Image: PTI
Washington Sundar With Rohit Sharma Image: PTI

As a result, KN Ananthapadmanabhan was criticized by fans for his multiple errors and former Pakistan captain Salman But made a cheeky remark as he discussed the umpiring standard in first ODI.

“In India’s game (against West Indies), the umpire’s (KN Ananthapadmanabhan) decision was overturned on three occasions. In one of the decisions, the camera was on Rohit Sharma. Now, I might be wrong, he was wearing glasses so I couldn’t see his eyes, but his face looked like he took the review only because this umpire gave the decision,” Butt said.

Rohit Sharma succeeded in overturning umpire KN Ananthapadmanabhan’s three decisions during the first ODI between India-West Indies on Sunday.

Salman Butt: Umpiring Errors Not A Good Sign

The former Pakistan captain further added that such errors are “not a good sign.”

Salman Butt. Image-Twitter
Salman Butt. Image-Twitter

“India were benefitted on three occasions after taking the review against the umpire’s decision, so this definitely signals that the umpiring wasn’t good. It’s not a good sign,” said Butt.

Rohit Sharma will be aiming to seal a first series win as full-time limited-overs captain of the Indian team. West Indies stand-in skipper Nicholas Pooran won the toss and decided to field first against India in the 2nd ODI at Ahmedabad on Wednesday.

India made one change in the starting XI, bringing in KL Rahul for Ishan Kishan, while Odean Smith replaced injured captain Kieron Pollard for West Indies. Rishabh Pant opened with skipper Rohit Sharma.

India Playing XI: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant (w), Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna

West Indies Playing XI: Shai Hope (w), Brandon King, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, Nicholas Pooran (c), Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Fabian Allen, Odean Smith, Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach