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'Shocker' - Former ENG Captain Miffed Over Controversial DRS Call On Joe Root

image-lt196rm7Joe Root dismissed by Ashwin at Ranchi (X.com)

In an interesting turn of events, Joe Root was dismissed as leg before wicket on Day 3 of the Ranchi Test between India and England. However, upon DRS review, the ball seemed to have landed just outside the leg stump line to the naked eye. But technology deemed it pitched in line, which drew strong reactions from the English cricket fraternity.

Owing to Dhurv Jurel's heroics, India managed to lower the first-inning trail to a mere 36 runs on Day 3 of the penultimate Test of the five-game series in Ranchi. 

Meanwhile,  Ashwin left the English top order in shambles after removing Ben Duckett and dangerman Ollie Pope in the same over. However, Joe Root and Zak Crawley were heading towards a big partnership before Ashwin struck again.

On the final delivery of the 17th over, Joe Root tried to scuffle across the leg side but missed the line completely. He was struck on the pads as India erupted in a massive appeal. However, the stand-in umpire didn't budge, but Rohit Sharma chose to ride on his luck regardless and opted for a DRS referral.

It looked like the ball pitching outside the line to the naked eye. However, in a massive shock for the England dressing room, ball tracking showed three reds, and Root was forced to make his way to the hut. He was in shock, and replays further solidified his doubts.

Needless to say, owing to the importance of Root's wicket, former English skipper Michael Vaughan lashed out at the technology on the internet. On his X handle, Vaughan claimed the Hawkeye decision against Root was a 'shocker.' 

image-lt1eyh6uMichael Vaughan post on Twitter (X.com)

He affirmed that the ball had pitched outside the line and DRS was faulty. He also added that review technology had been nothing but average in this series and made Joe Root its latest victim. However, Vaughan deleted the tweet after massive backlash from the Indian fans.

Undoubtedly, Joe Root's dismissal will be a topic of discussion for the cricket pundits for a while now. However, what's done is done, and England must move on to get back into the pivotal contest.