Umpiring, or the lack of it, continues to hog the limelight as hosts England and last edition's runners-up New Zealand take on each other in the final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at Lord's in London on Sunday. And with that brought Virat Kohli's LBW decision during India's semi-final match into the focus.
Chasing New Zealand's 241/8, Jason Roy was apparently out, but umpire Marais Erasmus's on-field decision of not out saved the England opener. Trent Boult trapped Roy in front with the first ball of the innings, and the review returned with the ball hitting the leg stump. But it was given an umpire's call to the chagrin of Kiwis.
Roys saved. Screengrab.
And fans were quick to invoke Kohli's dismissal, which was also a very close call, with the tracker showing the ball only kissing the top of the bail. But the Indian skipper was given out as the on-field umpire had raised the finger.
Kohli's LBW out screengrab!
Celebrated journalist Rajdeep Sardesai pretty well summed it up with "fine margins of sport" tweet:
Former India player Mohammad Kaif also took to Twitter to share his disappointment:
The umpiring in the whole tournament has left a lot to be desired. Especially when a team takes a bad review and lose a review, the focus has been on the team taking a bad review, then the very average umpiring. Needs definite improvement #EngvsNZ— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 14, 2019
Others also expressed their frustration:
Roy was lbw same way like kohli.— Tambi Dude (@Tambi_Dude) July 14, 2019
that's what I'm saying nz escaped 6 to 7 lbw calls on umpires calls nd on two occasions half of ball was hitting wickets ND u gave Kohli out who's so forward can't be given out , element of doubt goes to batsman! Fans criticizing players but it's umpires who knocked India off— Nishant Sharma (@Its_nishant9) July 14, 2019
Can we have the stats for each team for umpire calls decision in favour & against? J.Roy was given not out today for LBW, Kohli was given out against Boult.I guess that India may be the unluckiest for it.#AskStar @StarSportsIndia @jatinsapru @cricketworldcup #CWC19Final #EngvsNZ— Ajay (@ajaythakral) July 14, 2019
Shouldn't Kohli have appealed against his LBW decision?— Shiva (@ssr99) July 14, 2019
@ICC We need objective solution for LBW. This kind of subjective judgment harm reputation of game.Kohli was given out and Roy survived.— Siddharth Modi (@Siddhar41430867) July 14, 2019
I really hate this umpire's call when the chances of getting out or not out is more! One with #Kohli's LBW decision wch was given out with the Hawkeye showing just clipping the bails n today of #jasonroy where the ball was almost hitting!#CWCFinal19 #ENGvsNZ #Lords— Thotla Bharath Kumar (@KumarLeo35) July 14, 2019
The 2019 edition of cricket's mega event has witnessed poor decisions from the umpires. Roy himself became a victim of Kumar Dharmasena's poor call when he was given caught behind during England's semi-final against Australia.
Earlier, India vice-captain Rohit Sharma was also given out in a controversial fashion.