The question was it was conclusive or not? The third umpire took his time and checked all angles, but there was nothing conclusive to prove Dawid Malan had not taken it cleanly – but because the soft signal was out – it remained that way as Suryakumar’s whirlwind 57 off 31 balls came to a tragic end. He brought up his 50 in merely 28 balls and looked in ominous touch. Also Read – IND vs ENG: Virat Kohli Gives His Opinion on Controversial Suryakumar’s Dismissal: “Why There Can’t be I Don’t Know Call”
Unfortunately, Yadav – who came into the XI in place of Ishan Kishan – got across on his knee to lap that over fine leg, didn’t quite get it as cleanly or as fine, as Malan came in to take the catch. Also Read – IND vs ENG: Michael Vaughan Takes Cheeky Dig on Captain Virat Kohli After Rohit Sharma Leads India to Win in 4th T20I
On debut, Suryakumar Yadav looked at home as he got off-the-mark with a six, and then he played some exotic shots throughout his stay in the middle. The wicket was crucial as Surya along with Rishabh Pant were going great guns and helping India create a launchpad for the back end. Also Read – IND vs ENG 4th T20 Report: Suryakumar Yadav’s Maiden Fifty, Shardul Thakur Three-Wicket Haul Set-Up India’s Series-Levelling 8-Run Win Over England
Here is how Twitterverse reacted:
How can this be out. When you are not sure whether the ball was taken cleanly after watching so many replays using top class technology and still go by the soft signal given by the on-field umpire. I think this rule needs to be revisited and changed. #INDvsENG pic.twitter.com/b5XMdH8qEz
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) March 18, 2021
Stupid decisions like these from the umpires can change whole match.
F soft signal!
The ball was touching the ground.
Surya Kumar Yadav was well set.
— Akki (@Akkiakki1137) March 18, 2021
So that’s like the second big third umpire blunder made recently. Maybe third umpires are ‘scared’ to make a decision and overturn an onfield call and rather play it safe. I understand the setbacks of visual replays, but its all we have and we should use it right. #INDvENG
— Jonathan Anthony (@jonathanthony16) March 18, 2021
Soft Signal for catches taken in the deep is farcical. MUST be avoided. Adding to the confusion. Not solving a problem. #IndvEng
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 18, 2021
30-year old Surya has had to wait for a long to finally make his national debut. He has been one of the biggest domestic talents for years and finally, his hard work has reaped rewards.
At the time of filing the copy, India was 174 for six in the 19th over. They have Iyer and Thakur in the middle.