Shubman Gill Gets Dismissal Overturned In Ranji Game, Stirs Controversy

Tanya Simon
January 6, 2020

Mohali: A huge controversy erupted on Friday when Punjab opener Shubman Gill "abused" the umpire after being given out and refused to walk off the field during their Ranji Trophy game against Delhi at the IS Bindra Stadium. The right-handed batsman refused to leave the crease after he was adjudged caught-behind by slow-medium bowler Subodh Bhati.

However, Gill got into an argument with Rafi and the umpire, after consulting square leg umpire Paschim Pathak, overturned the decision.

Asked if there was any plan for a walk-out by the visiting side, Khurana denied any such move.

Gill was batting on 10 then, he, however, didn't last long as he was edged one off Simarjeet Singh to Anuj Rawat for 23 off 41 balls with the team's score on 60. The decision was finally reversed after a brief stoppage in play but that didn't go down well with the Delhi team, who threatened to walk out of the field. We didn't walk out.

DDCA general secretary Vinod Tihara said: "Our boys felt Gill was out and asked the umpires why the decision was reversed".

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The morning was marred by the Gill incident that led to the match being halted for close to 10 minutes after the India A white-ball captain was adjudged caught behind by umpire Mohammed Rafi when he was on 10. "It was just about getting a clear picture as to what happened", he told IANS.

After all the drama had unfolded and the match referee convinced the Delhi players to resume playing, the game continued.

Punjab are leading Elite A and B group with 17 points from three matches - winning two, while Delhi are languishing at the 11th spot in the group with seven points from three matches with one win and one loss.

Showing dissent to the umpire's decision is a breach of the "Code of Conduct" and there is a possibility that match referee P Ranganathan will have a word with the player.

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