India started brilliantly on Day 4 with the bat but their massive 444-run chase against Australia in WTC 2023 final faced its first setback as Shubman Gill was dismissed in a controversial catch by Cameron Green. The third umpires took multiple views at the catch, but in the end, declared Shubman Gill as out. Team India fans took to Twitter to express their displeasure over the decision of the third umpire. Not only the players but many former cricketers are also unhappy with that decision.
"It was a great effort from Cameron Green but it is the moment immediately after the catch is taken when the hand turns, that must cause Shubman Gill to be very disappointed," Harsha Bhogle said.
Team India fans were as shocked as Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill, upon seeing the announcement of OUT on the big screen. The reaction of Rohit Sharma made it clear that he was not expecting this outcome from the third umpire.
India had a magical start to the chase as both Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill smashed some beautiful shots to give a stunning start to Team India.
This is the second controversial move that erupted in WTC 2023 Final on Friday. Former Pakistani cricketer Basit Ali accused Australian bowlers of tampering with the ball. Basit Ali questioned the dismissal of India's top batters like Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara.
"Firstly, I would clap for those watching the match from the commentary box, and the umpires. Australia clearly played with the ball and no one is talking about it. No batter is wondering 'What is happening?' The biggest example is batters getting bowled while leaving the ball. Let me give you the evidence too. Until the 54th over when Shami was bowling, the shine was on the outside and the ball moved back into Steve Smith. This is not called reverse swing. Reverse swing is when the shine is on the inside and the ball comes back in," Ali said on his YouTube channel.
"Look at the 16th, 17th, and 18th over, the ball on which Virat Kohli got out… look at the shine. Mitchell Starc had the ball in his hand with the shiny end pointing outside but the ball was moving the other way. Jadeja was hitting the ball on the on-side and the ball was flying over point. Have the umpires gone blind? God knows who all are sitting there who can't see such a simple thing," Ali pointed out.
"Green bowled with the shine pointing towards Pujara and the ball rocketed back in. I am surprised. BCCI is such a big board; can they not see it? It means that you aren't focused on cricket. They are just happy knowing that India has reached the final. Does the ball ever reverse swing in 15-20 overs, Is that too Dukes' ball? I understand that a Kookaburra ball can still reverse, but a Dukes ball lasts till 40 overs at least," Ali said.