World Cup 2019: Fans edit third umpire Michael Gough’s wikipedia page after controversial Rohit Sharma dismissal
Rohit was at the receiving end and the third umpire faced the wrath of the controversial decision.
Updated - Jan 8, 2020 7:16 pm
After India won the toss and opted to bat first in the game against Windies, the side’s openers got off to a decent start. Both Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul were slightly cautious early on but began to shift gears soon. The Indian vice-captain, in particular, looked good and seemed to be in the mood to get a big score. He missed out in the last match against Afghanistan and clearly wanted to make up for it.
He hit a good looking boundary and also pulled a delivery for a six on the on-side. However, Rohit got out in a controversial way. On the final ball of the sixth over from Kemar Roach, Sharma was slightly outfoxed and the ball brushed something on the way before it carried to the wicket-keeper.
Roach seemed extremely confident that he got his man and insisted his captain to go for the review. Shai Hope was also convinced and thus Jason Holder didn’t waste much time before he signalled the ‘T’.
Did it hit the bat or the pad?
The third umpire, after checking the front foot of the bowler, asked for the ultra-edge straightaway. From the replays shown before that, there was clearly daylight between the bat and pad. However, the ball clearly hit something on the way and there was a spike on the ultra-edge. But, there was confusion if it hit the bat first or the pad first as the replays weren’t convincing enough.
Michael Gough, the third umpire, felt that the ball hit the bat first. He said that he had conclusive evidence to declare the batsman out. The commentators expressed doubts about the decision. Rohit also seemed shocked after this verdict didn’t go his way. The 32-year-old wasn’t convinced and kept shaking his head as he walked to the dressing room and even had a look at the replays later. The Indian fans weren’t satisfied either with the decision and decided to have some fun.
Some of the fans edited Michael Gough’s Wikipedia page and added an extra sentence in the introduction paragraph. They wrote: “He don’t like Indian cricketers specially and specifically Rohit Sharma.”