India vs New Zealand 1st Test: Shubman Gill Escapes LBW Dismissal, Aakash Chopra Calls For Neutral Umpires | Cricket News

Indian opener escapes LBW plea after field umpire rejects him© BCCI

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India ended the first day of the first Test at 258/4 against New Zealand in Kanpur, with Shreyas Iyer (75 *) and Rabindra Jadeja (50 *) pulling the team out of the boring spot. New Zealand pacer Kyle Jamieson was in top form as he picked up three wickets to hold the hosts back. However, opener Shubhaman Gill’s willow made a good platform for the half-century team. But the situation could have been different if New Zealand had decided to review the umpiring decision in the 7th over of India’s innings.

Shubhaman Gill, who successfully used DRS in the third over of the innings, hit left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel’s pad. There was an appeal but the field umpire rejected it. Blackcaps decided not to go for a review and the replay showed that the ball could hit the stumps. Doubts may be brewing in the minds of New Zealand captains and players that Gill stepped off the track and the ball traveled quite a distance before hitting the stumps.

Gill, who was batting for 7 at the time, scored 52 before being bowled out by Jameson. The Kiwis would have been able to get a loan if they had got that wicket at the beginning of the match. Due to the COVID-19 protocol and bio-bubble, local umpires are being used in Test cricket.

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Condemning poor umpiring on the first day of the match, former India opener and renowned commentator Akash Chopra highlighted the need for a neutral umpire, who is part of the ICC’s elite panel. He tweeted that if players can be in the bio-bubble, why can’t umpires.

“Shubhaman was given out when there was a huge edge inside. Gill said reviewing #ThankYouDRS And not given when he was out. All that in the first 40 minutes. If teams can travel … stay in the bio-bubble … why not a neutral umpire? #IndvNZChopra wrote on his Twitter handle.

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After the mistake of the first day, the umpiring of the rest of the match will further check and select. This will make the task of the captains more difficult as they have to be more careful now and make more decisions for review.

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