Manchester: The Decision Review System (DRS) was back in focus as India lost opening batsman Rohit Sharma in controversial circumstances during their ICC World Cup 2019 match against West Indies at Old Trafford on Thursday (June 27).

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After India captain Virat Kohli had won the toss and elected to bat, India were jolted early as Rohit was given out by the third umpire when the Windies skipper Jason Holder decided to review an on-field ‘not out’ decision.

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On the final ball of the sixth over, bowled by Kemar Roach, the ball sneaked through the gap between Rohit’s bat and pad, and was caught by wicketkeeper Shai Hope. The right-arm paceman Roach, Hope and his colleagues appealed for a wicket but the English umpire Richard Illingworth said no.

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However, West Indies reviewed and it was left to the third umpire Michael Gough (England) to view the replays and give a decision. Gough was quick to rule Rohit out for 18 even though there was no conclusive evidence. India lost their first wicket for 29. Following Gough's message, Illingworth reversed his decision.

As the ball went past the bat and pad, the UltraEdge showed a spike. However, it was not clear whether the ball had hit the bat or pad. The ball seemed to have passed both bat and pad at the same time and there was no conclusive evidence to say that the ball had made contact with the bat alone.

As is the case, social media users were abuzz soon after the decision was made. They questioned the umpire’s hurry to reverse the on-field call. Even Rohit looked unhappy with the decision as he made a long walk back to the pavilion.