IND Vs ENG: In the Test series being played between India and England, a decision of the umpires is under question. Former veteran cricketer Sunil Gavaskar has strongly objected to the umpire asking Rishabh Pant to change his stance. Sunil Gavaskar says that the rules do not stop the batsman from doing so.
Rishabh Pant revealed that he had to change his stance at the behest of the umpire. The umpire said that due to Pant standing outside, marks are being made in the danger area of the pitch. Gavaskar, however, said that the marks made by shoes on the pitch do not determine the stance of a batsman.
Sunil Gavaskar said, “If this is true then I was wondering why he was asked to change his stance. I have only read about this. The batsman can stand anywhere on the pitch, even in the middle of the pitch. Batsmen sometimes play ahead against spinners.
This discussion is happening about the umpires
His fellow commentator and former India player Sanjay Manjrekar termed it absurd. On the first day of the match, the Indian innings was reduced to 78 runs. Pant had mentioned this incident after the day’s play. He said, “I was standing outside the crease and my forefoot was coming in the danger area, so the umpire told me that I cannot stand here.”
The left-handed batsman said, “So I had to change my stance but as a cricketer I don’t think much about it because whoever did it, the umpire would talk to him also. I didn’t do that on the next ball.
After this decision of the umpires, it is being discussed once again whether the International Cricket Council should use neutral umpires again. Due to travel restrictions during Kovid-19, the ICC has approved the use of home umpires.
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