When Ian Gould had a shout at KL Rahul in Melbourne Test

Rahul came in as a substitute fielder.

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KL Rahul. (Photo Source: Twitter)
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When India play Australia in any form of cricket, there is no shortage of events. The penultimate day of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne on Saturday was no exception. And in one of the incidents that caught all eyes, it was an upset Ian Gould, one of the on-field umpires, who found himself to be one of the parties. At the receiving end though was discarded Indian opener KL Rahul, who was fielding as a substitute in the match.

Rahul threw the ball back and it almost hit Gould

The incident unfolded towards the end of the day. Ravindra Jadeja bowled to Mitchell Starc who hit the ball to the mid-on fielder which was Rahul. As the batsman and the bowler were preparing for the next delivery, Rahul threw back the ball at the bowler’s end and it missed Gould’s face, not by much as Jadeja was caught unaware. The 61-year-old English umpire was furious with that and shouted at Rahul.

The Indian fielder was quick to apologise and the cameraman, eager to find yet another interesting angle, was quick to turn the focus on Indian captain Virat Kohli. However, Kohli, who vowed to play the game without doing “unnecessary” things after the fiasco in Perth, disappointed all those who sought more spices in the episode and he was even seeing gesturing at somebody asking to let it go, most probably Rahul.

Here is the video

Gould was also seen earlier in the day warning Indian wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant for taunting Australian captain Tim Paine as a “temporary captain”. It was in response to the latter’s banter on Friday over Pant getting dropped from the ODI side to make way for Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Australia, meanwhile, were staring at defeat in the third Test match by losing 8 wickets for 252 runs chasing a daunting target of 399. India declared their innings at 106 for 8 after resuming at their overnight score of 54 for 5, and the Indian bowlers delivered once again to demolish the Australian top order. The only batsman to score a half-century in the Australian innings was Pat Cummins who backed his six-for with a well-crafted knock.

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