Australia vs India: Bhuvneshwar Kumar releases the ball from behind the umpire; Aaron Finch pulls out
Bhuvi eventually got his man off the very next delivery.
Published - Jan 18, 2019 10:55 am | Updated - Jan 18, 2019 10:55 am
After rain delayed the start of play at the MCG, the visitors got Alex Carey’s wicket early once again. Bhuvneshwar Kumar struck at the start of an innings yet again in the series decider and Aaron Finch was put under pressure, not for the first time. However, the Australian captain was in the middle of total confusion as he was left perplexed with a short run-up from India’s new ball bowler.
The incident took place in the last ball of the ninth over in the first innings. Bhuvi got into his run-up even as Finch also got ready to face him. But suddenly the bowler unfurled his whole action even before passing the umpire and delivered the ball. Finch, at the same time, pulled out as he was not expecting that from Kumar. But the bowler had bowled the delivery which pitched on a length outside the off-stump and just missed the stumps.
But with the batsman having pulled out, the umpire called it a dead ball and this is what irked Bhunveshwar Kumar. Technically, a bowler is well within rights to deliver the ball from such distance as there is no such rule. Finch was too late in pulling out and it didn’t even please the Indian captain Virat Kohli. He looked animated as usual and came forward to discuss the matter. But the dead ball call stayed and the Indian pacer had to do all over again.
Here’s the video:
Bhuvi gets his man on next delivery
However, the extra delivery proved to be beneficial for India. After the dead ball and all the questioning from the fielding side, Aaron Finch’s concentration must have taken a hit. Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled the next delivery in a proper way which tailed back in to trap Finch plumb in front of the stumps. The umpire this time was quick to raise his finger.
After deliberating a review, the Aussie skipper walked back to the pavilion. But the replays suggested that it was missing the leg-stump and he should’ve gone for it.