Decision Review System (DRS) continued to make the headlines in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The referral system, which has often courted controversy for its varied decisions, was once again at the centre of things at the start of India vs West Indies match in CWC 2019 after Indian opening batsman Rohit Sharma was controversially declared out by third umpire Michael Gough after using the DRS. The right-hander was given out for nicking a Kemar Roach delivery to wicket-keeper Shai Hope. The dismissal created quite a stir on social media with fans divided on opinions if the batsman was actually out or not. Rohit Sharma's Dismissal Against West Indies At CWC 2019 Raises Questions on DRS.
The Indian vice-captain was looking in good touch and had already made 18 runs from 22 deliveries when a Roach delivery swung back into him and went right between his bat and pad to the wicket-keeper. The West Indies players immediately appealed and although the on-field umpires initially gave it as not out, the decision was referred to the third umpire as West Indies opted to review the decision. The third umpire, however, overturned the decision and adjudged Rohit to have edged the delivery leading to a huge uproar on Twitter.
Luckily for India, despite the Initial back set they managed to take control of things with KL Rahul and Virat Kohli engaging in a 50+ runs partnership to prevent a quick collapse.
Rohit Sharma Was Controversially Given Out:
Did it Hit the Pads?
#RohitSharma was clearly not out in #INDvWI If you zoom in on the image on the right, you can see daylight btwn bat and bat's shadow on the ball. Inconclusive evidence to overturn on field decision. @icc @bcci @SGanguly99 @sanjaymanjrekar @irbishi @bhogleharsha @Athersmike pic.twitter.com/UtiLV5rTAt
— Diptanshu Parui (@diptanshuparui) June 27, 2019
Was Rohit Not Out?
Even a blind person can see this🙂🙂
Namaskaar Third (Class) Umpire ji ko🙏🙂
— ||Nɪᴅʜɪ🌈|| (@NidhiLovesG0D) June 27, 2019
Sunlight Between Bat And Ball?
— Neal (@ukeanil) June 27, 2019
Indian Fans' Rection:
— नादान परिंदे🇮🇳 (@Gauri_doonite) June 27, 2019
— Sravan Kumar (@SravanK50906314) June 27, 2019
Fans Change Michael Gough's Wikipedia Page:
— Manisha ଓଡ଼ିଆଝିଅ (@_Manishaa_) June 27, 2019
A New Middle-Name For Gough?
— Knock Knock Knock - Penny..!! (@LoveForTrains) June 27, 2019
India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first. Indian went in with the same playing XI that took the field against Afghanistan. Meanwhile, West Indies made two changes with Sunil Ambris and Fabian Allen replacing the injured Evin Lewis and Ashley Nurse.