Some team India players, including captain Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, were involved in a DRS call during the first T20I of the ongoing series against West Indies. It happened in the 9th over of West Indian innings. On the 4th ball, Roston Chase was on-strike and the bowler was Yuzvendra Chahal.
Chahal bowled a flighted delivery, and Chase attempted a paddle sweep but failed, and the ball struck his pad. The Indian fielders next launched a big LBW appeal, but the on-field umpire was unconvinced.
Chahal wanted skipper Rohit Sharma to opt for DRS even though the point of impact seemed to be outside off stump. Former India skipper Virat Kohli also provided his opinion. Since there was no noise in the stadium, players’ voice was clearly heard through the stump mic.
“Guard pe lagi hai ball.” (The ball has struck batter’s guard), Kohli was caught saying. Some fans on social media perceived Kohli’s words in the viral video clip to be: “G***d pe lagi hai ball.” (Ball has hit his buttock).
Rohit Sharma eventually took the DRS. However, TV replays indicated that the impact was indeed outside off-stump, and India lost the review.
Watch the video here:
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India win by 6 wickets, take 1-0 lead
Meanwhile, India won the game comfortably by six wickets, taking a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series. With seven balls to spare, India reached the 158-run target. Young Ravi Bishnoi bowled an economical spell, picking up two wickets, and skipper Rohit Sharma smashed a quickfire 40. Suryakumar Yadav also contributed with an unbeaten 34-run innings.
Ravi Bishnoi was named Player of the Match for his impressive performance on debut. India will be concerned about Deepak Chahar’s injury, as the bowling all-rounder appeared to be in severe discomfort after attempting to stop a Kieron Pollard shot on Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s bowling.
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