Ben Stokes Run Out : The umpiring standards throughout this series starting from tests has been top notch. Having said that, there were some really controversial decisions which also led to criticism amongst fans and experts around the world.
The latest being the incident that took place in the 2nd ODI where England hammered India by 6 wickets chasing 337 inside 44 overs to level the series 1-1 .
Ben Stokes is the designated #3 batsman for this 3 match ODI series in the absence of their test skipper Joe Root. Ben Stokes is a versatile batsman and he has shown that in various stages of his career. He missed out in the first game but made sure that he destroyed Indian bowling in the 2nd game by scoring a 52 ball 99 that included 10 maximums and 4 boundaries.
During his innings, he got a lucky escape with 3rd umpire ruling the decision in his favor for a run out. His bat was seen on the line and the direct hit from Kuldeep Yadav didn’t make the life easier for Ben Stokes. After having seen several replays, umpire decided to rule it as not out but it was pretty clear that the bat was on the line and was not inside the crease when ball hit the stumps.
Even the likes of Michael Vaughan and Yuvraj Singh expressed their disappointments over this decision.
When two world class teams engage in a bilateral series, there won’t be short of entertainment. And this India vs England series has proved to be one such spectacle for fans around the world.
The sheer competitiveness on show was alluring and one can expect the final showdown on Sunday before the all important IPL. The series is evenly poised with the 3rd game set to take place at the same venue.