Former cricketers Shane Warne and Michael Vaughan took part in the debate over Indian captain Virat Kohli’s controversial lbw dismissal on the opening day of the second Test against New Zealand at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Was it bat first or pad first? The referee showed Ajaz Patel’s Anil Chaudhary the yellow card after a particularly nasty challenge. After repeated glances at the dismissal from all angles, third referee Virender Sharma could not reverse the decision due to ‘lack of conclusive evidence’ and Kohli’s return to Test cricket lasted only four balls.
Speaking of the dismissal on Twitter, Warne admitted it was not out until he mentioned the main problem behind the controversy.
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“This is simply – not out !!!!! We often discuss technology and its use / accuracy. The main problem @ is the interpretation of the technology. Here is a perfect example of the ball clearly hitting the edge of the bat first.” he tweeted.
Vaughan, former English captain, agreed with Warne and tweeted: “NOT OUT.”
Contrary to popular belief about Kohli’s dismissal, where even former Indian cricketers Sanjay Bangar and VVS Laxman said it was not out, former New Zealand fast bowler Simon Doull thought the ball had hit the pillow first, then bat and pad again, and added that the entire comment panel thought Kohli was a guest.
“First of all, it was 6-0 in the comment box. Everyone in the comment box thought it hit the pillow first and then went back on the bat and then on the block. So the decision that Chaudhary made was out, so the third judge must find crucial evidence to overturn the decision, “Doull said.
“The pictures clearly show that the ball cuts on the pillow first, then it goes on to the bat and then the pillow again. The referees have both got it right. If you see the ball’s line, it can not hit the bat first because the bat is behind the pillow anyway. I think the judges got it spot on. “