An argument against the decision of the umpire is considered against the ‘Code of Conduct’ in the game of cricket. But, you prove him wrong and also you get to keep your strike? Yes you’ve read it right, the Indian youngster Shubman Gill did exactly that. As Punjab took on Delhi in their Ranji Trophy match today at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali, Shubman Gill reversed the decision of dismissal by the umpire, and continued the game!
The Punjab opener was on 10 runs, when he was caught behind in Delhi bowler Suboth Bhati’s delivery. While the straight umpire Mohammed Rafi gave the decision of out, Gill didn’t leave the 22 rewards, and was on a heated quarrel with the official. The match was paused for several minutes.
However, following a discussion with the square leg umpire Paschim Pathak, and Rafi reversed his decision.
In the post match interview with PTI, Delhi cricket team’s manager Vivek Khurana narrated the incident, and also his team’s reaction.
“The straight umpire had adjudged Shubman caught behind and the batsman then walked up to the umpire and was seen having an argument asking him to reverse his decision. The straight umpire then consulted the square leg umpire and reversed his decision,” Khurana told reporters.
However, Gill couldn’t retain his wicket for too long, as he was caught by Anuj Rawat in Simarjeet Singh’s spell in the 14th over. The 20 year old scored 23 runs off 41 balls with 4 boundaries.
Although there has been no words from match referee P Ranganathan on Gill for breaching the ‘Code of Conduct’ yet, but any disagreement against the decision of the umpire is considered a Level 1 offence, and there is a possibility that the youngster will be charged with the same.
Khurana continued: “Our skipper (Nitish) Rana just asked the umpires as to why they overturned the initial decision. We never walked out. The match referee (Ranganathan) came in and play resumed as usual.”
The Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) worded in their opinion as why the visitor team had a query to the match officials about the reversal of Gill’s dismissal.
“The match was halted for seven to eight minutes. There was nothing untoward. Our boys felt that Gill was out and that’s why they asked the umpires why the decision was reversed.” Vinod Tihara, the general secretary of DDCA said.
Onthe other hand, Punjab Cricket Association official GS Walia has cleaned Gill off any bad conduct against the umpire.
“He just told the umpire that he had not nicked the ball. All of us have seen Shubman, he is a very polite and calm boy.” Walia told reporters.
At stumps, the Punjab team are at 266 runs for 8 wickets.