Gavaskar Highlighted His opinion on Umpires’ Decision
Sunil Gavaskar never fails to make his point loud and clear. After expressing his displeasure with Nasser Hussain’s comments about India’s previous generation cricketers being “bullied”.
The legendary cricketer now expresses his displeasure with umpires ordering India keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant not to bat out of his crease. Gavaskar made his remarks on Day 3 of the third Test between India and England at Headingley in Leeds
A batsman’s stance is not determined by footmarks
Footmarks, according to Gavaskar, do not determine a batsman’s stance: “I was wondering why was he told to change his stance if that is true. I only read it. A batsman can stand anywhere, even on the middle of the pitch, and what about when the batsman goes down the track against the spinners (footmarks can form even then),” Gavaskar said.
“Because I was standing outside the crease and my front foot was approaching the danger zone, he (the umpire) told me that you can’t stand there,” Pant explained during the virtual post-game press conference.
“So, I have (had) to change my stance, but as a cricketer, I don’t have to think too much about that, because it’s everyone who is going to do that, umpires are going to say the same thing. I didn’t do that the next ball and you move on.”
The decision by the two English umpires to revert to the ICC’s two neutral on-field umpires for Test matches, which had been halted due to travel restrictions in the post-Covid-19 world. Meanwhile, Cheteshwar Pujara led India’s comeback to 215 for 2 at stumps on Friday. Pujara was unbeaten on 91, with captain Kohli (45). India is still 139 runs short of forcing England to bat again.