Was Ravichandran Ashwin robbed of his 500th Test wicket? Spinner Ashwin was only one wicket away from his 500th in Test cricket after Ben Stokes’ England collapsed to 194-6 at Lunch on Day 4 of the second Test against India on Monday. Veteran spinner Ashwin thought he bagged his landmark wicket when the match umpire raised his finger following a caught-behind appeal against Tom Hartley in the 62nd over of the England 2nd innings.
However, the celebrations at the Indian camp were cut short after England opted to go for a review. The review showed the ball struck Hartley’s forearm and not the glove, which paved the way for the third umpire to overturn the decision. When it comes to the Decision Review System (DRS), umpires have to check all possible modes of dismissals. Thus, the dismissal was also checked for a potential LBW. Since the ball-tracking verdict was based on the umpire’s call, Hartley survived the LBW review because the original decision for the same dismissal was already not out.
England’s review courted controversy as Indian skipper Rohit was not pleased with the final verdict. Rohit also had a lengthy discussion with the on-field umpire about whether the LBW decision could be given out or not. Umpire Chris Gaffaney then briefed Rohit that the decision went upstairs for a catch, not LBW. With the ball touching Hartley’s arm, the Englishman was given not out despite the umpire’s call being out for caught.