The fifth Test match between India and England has seen some great action. The team led by Jasprit Bumrah has taken a significant lead of 257 runs by the end of day three. Earlier, the England team was all-out for a score of 284 runs in just under 62 overs. Matthew Potts was the last wicket for the England team. However, the wicket created a lot of buzz.
On the bowling of Mohammed Siraj, Potts edged a length ball to Shreyas Iyer standing in the slip cordon. Iyer claimed that he had taken the catch cleanly. However, the on-field umpires referred to the third umpire, giving the soft signal as out. The third umpire also ruled the decision in India’s favour. Many, however, felt that the decision was not correct as the ball just bounced before going into Iyer’s hand.
The Indian batter has now come under fire for claiming the catch despite the fact that it had struck the ground. When asked about the catch, the 27-year-old said Ricky Ponting taught him to claim it regardless of how it was gathered. “I have learnt it from Ponting during my DC days, doesn’t matter whether you have taken it or not but always claim it,” he said.
“Though I’m an Indian, not happy with the Shreyas Iyer @BCCI catch of Potts @ECB_cricket This is umpires mistake completely. Though we are using enough technology, still third umpires are respecting soft signals. Very sad @ICC,” a fan tweeted.
As for the match, after dismissing England for a score of 284 runs in the first innings, India had a lead of 132 runs. Cheteshwar Pujara then stuck around and played a brilliant knock in India’s second innings. Despite losing three wickets, the team managed 125 runs at the close of day three. They now have a 257-run lead in the game. Pujara ended the day with 50 runs off 139 balls. Rishabh Pant provided excellent support, hitting 30 runs in 46 balls.
Here is how Twitter reacted to Matty Potts’ wicket
It is nothing but cheating by Shreyas Iyer by claiming the catch of Potts. This one is similar to Jadeja’s catch taken by Root, but he immediately signaled that he is not sure whether it is a clean catch or not. When umpires referred to 3rd umpire, he gave it as not out. (1/2)
— Rishabh@55 (@vijayakumarvad3) July 3, 2022
— Kohlity Shot 🤤🖤!! (@Shahroz_06) July 3, 2022
Actually on-field umpires also gave soft signal randomly. Best example is Root catch in first inning and Shreyas Iyer catch. Umpires gave decided their soft signal based on players expression.
— Imshankar (@ImShankarKa) July 3, 2022
Third umpire gave Potts out. Why to blame Shreyas Iyer. Even on field umpire also gave him out. BTW i don’t think he’s out 🙄. It was clear a bounc before catch was taken. Poor decision by both the umpires. #ENGvsIND
— Rahul (@rahul1tweets) July 3, 2022
Though I’m an Indian, not happy with the Shreyas Iyer @BCCI catch of Potts @ECB_cricket
This is umpires mistake completely. Though we have are using enough technology, still third umpires are respecting soft signals. Very sad @ICC
— Bharath Mataki Jai…. (@Madhavareddyy3) July 3, 2022
How can shreyas Iyer even claim that catch ffs😂 clearly bounced😂
— Scott Menzies (@scottyboro140) July 3, 2022
Soft Signal in Test Cricket is a big JOKE 🤡
I am not saying because of Shreyas Iyer catch, Overall bol rha hun 🤓#ENGvsIND
— H A M Z A 🇵🇰 (@HamzaKhan259) July 3, 2022
Shreyas Iyer is my new least favourite player. Disgraceful to claim that catch so boldly. If a ball crushes your finger at 80mph you know about it. Pathetic. And sad for cricket. Change the soft signal – and have some decency whilst your at it Shreyas.
— Baggins (@baggins37) July 3, 2022
Shreyas Iyer’s catch?
Of course it was legal catch, as per ICC Playing Conditions 188.8.131.52. The umpires were spot on. https://t.co/98cifgm5sd
— Abhishek Mukherjee (@ovshake42) July 3, 2022
Shreyas Iyer when asked about the catch said “I have learnt it from Ponting during my DC days, doesn’t matter whether you have taken it or not but always claim it”
— Mufadaal Vohra (@musafir_hu_yar) July 3, 2022