The last few months have been pretty bad for Sri Lanka umpire Kumar Dharmasena. The former off spinner, who was once awarded as the ICC Umpire of the Year, has looked ordinary in the recent past. Some of the decisions which he has made, have looked completely out of sorts and such poor calls have drastically reduced his credibility as an umpire.
During the third and final ODI between India and England at the Eden Gardens, Dharmasena went through another such phase. The Sri Lankan made quite a few dismal decisions as he seemed perplexed in the middle officiating.
During the 43rd over of England’s innings, Dharmasena made one profusely poor decision. On the bowling of Jasprit Bumrah to Moeen Ali, the ball bounced above Moeen’s shoulder and went past the keeper towards the boundary.
In reality, he got a feather on the ball as it made its race towards the boundary. However, rather than giving it as runs, Dharmasena adjudged it as leg byes, despite the ball being nowhere close to Moeen Ali’s body.
A rather amused Virat Kohli was witnessed as he had a big laugh after knowing the umpire’s verdict. In the video below, we see an amused Kohli reacting to the decision.
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