Former fast bowler Dirk Nannes was baffled by what he saw after Australia captain Tim Paine survived a close run out chance on the first day of the Boxing Day Test against India on Saturday.
Third umpire Paul Wilson faced flak from fans and cricket pundits on social media for his questionable call on the Paine run out in the final session when Australia were struggling at 142 for 5 in the 55th over.
Batsman Cameron Green faced the final ball from R Ashwin, which he played towards cover and went for a quick single. Umesh Yadav quickly gathered the ball and threw it to wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant, who broke the bails in a flash as Paine struggled to cross the crease.
The on-field umpire referred it upstairs to the third umpire who looked at multiple replays and decided to adjudge Paine not out, even though it didn’t seem like he had any part of his bat behind the crease.
Naturally the decision didn’t go down too well with Indian cricket fans and even left the Aussie experts in shock.
“Very surprised that Tim Paine survived that run out review ! I had him on his bike & thought there was no part of his bat behind the line ! Should have been out in my opinion,” Warne tweeted soon after.
Very surprised that Tim Paine survived that run out review ! I had him on his bike & thought there was no part of his bat behind the line ! Should have been out in my opinion
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) December 26, 2020
Former fast bowler Dirk Nannes, who was on air doing commentary for ABC Sport also slammed the third umpire’s decision.
“As a sport should we not be better than that? The gap from frame to frame seems like a foot, surely we have to better than that?” Nannes said.
“As a sport should we not be better than that?”
Dirk Nannes on THAT Tim Paine run-out. Do you agree?
“The gap from frame to frame seems like a foot, surely we have to better than that?”#AUSvIND
— ABC SPORT (@abcsport) December 26, 2020
Just like with sledging, Australians decide where the line is.
— Aditya (@forwardshortleg) December 26, 2020
Fortunately for Team India, Paine didn’t last long as Ashwin got him caught at leg-slip for 13 soon after.
Australia’s first innings folded for 195 after they won the toss and opted to bat first against India, who are trailing in the series.
Jasprit Bumrah (4 for 56) and Ashwin (3 for 35) ran through the Aussie lineup with 7 wickets between themselves while Mohammed Siraj grabbed a couple on his Test debut.
Ravindra Jadeja also got a wicket as Australia got bowled out on the first day of the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the first time in 10 years.
India reply made a strong start and reached stumps at 36 for 1 with Shubman Gill (28*) and Cheteshwar Pujara (7*) at the crease till the close of play.