“Beyond Understanding”: Sunil Gavaskar On Sri Lanka Keeper Niroshan Dickwella Asking For DRS After Mayank Agarwal’s Run Out

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India opener Mayank Agarwal was run out in strange circumstances on Day 1 of the second Test against Sri Lanka at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. More than Mayank’s mix-up with captain Rohit Sharma, it was Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella’s antics that added to the confusion of the events. Instead of taking the bails off at the first opportunity when Mayank was miles away from the crease, Dickwella insisted on taking a review. It was after he had made the ‘T’ gesture that he took the bails off to run Mayank out. Reacting to the turn of events, former India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar said Dickwella’s insistence on taking a review was “beyond understanding”.

It all transpired in the second over of the morning session when Sri Lanka pacer Vishwa Fernando deceived Mayank with an in-dipper. The Sri Lankan players went up in a vociferous appeal but umpire Anil Chaudhary shook his head. In between all this, Mayank took off for a single but Rohit at the other end was late to respond and by the time he sent Mayank back, it was too late.

“Why Dickwella was asking for a review before removing the bails is beyond understanding,” Gavaskar said on commentary.

“The reason for this (the confusion between Mayank and Rohit) is Sri Lanka’s unusual field placement,” said former Sri Lanka cricketer Russell Arnold.

“Russell makes a valid point. The striker may not have seen the point fielder sneaking in,” replied Harsha Bhogle.

Sri Lanka had stationed Praveen Jayawickrama at backward point, which was deeper than usual. The commentators believed Mayank might have thought that he had beaten the in-field and could take a single but Jayawickrama sauntered in and threw the ball back to Dickwella, who completed the easy run out but not before signaling for a review.

As it turned out, the third umpire informed umpire Chaudhary that Fernando had overstepped, which took the review for LBW out of the equation but since according to the rules, a batter can be run out off a no ball, Mayank had to take the long walk back to the dressing room for 4.

Batting first, India rode on a stunning 92-run knock off just 98 balls from Shreyas Iyer to get to 252 on a pitch that was offering a lot of turn for the spinners.

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In reply, Indian seamers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami made the new ball talk and ran through Sri Lanka’s top-order.

Bumrah took three wickets, Shami had two while Axar Patel chipped in with one as Sri Lanka found themselves in heaps of trouble at 86 for six at stumps on Day 1.

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Mayank Agarwal was run out for 4 in the 2nd Test vs Sri Lanka

Mayank Agarwal’s homecoming did not go according to plan as a big mix-up with captain Rohit Sharma ended his first Test match innings at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru for 4. Confusion reigned supreme in the fourth ball of the second over of the second and final Test match against Sri Lanka. Left-arm seamer Vishwa Fernando got the pink ball to nip back slightly. Mayank got himself in a bit of a tangle and the ball appeared to have hit his pad first. The Sri Lankans went up in a big appeal but the umpire did not seem convinced. While all this was happening, Mayank tried to sneak in a single without noticing that Praveen Jayawickrama, who was moving in from point to covers, had almost collected the ball. Rohit at the other end sent Mayank back but the right-hander had charged too far down the wicket. Jayawickrama just lobbed it back towards Sri Lanka keeper Niroshan Dickwella with Mayank having no chance to return to the crease on time.

Watch: Mayank Agarwal’s Innings Ends Early After He Gets Run Out In Bizarre Fashion vs Sri Lanka

The drama, however, did not end there. Dickwella, for some strange reason, before whipping the bails off, started to signal for the review. He took the bails off a moment later and made the ‘T’ signal again but the third umpire informed that Fernando had overstepped. Since it was a no ball, there was no point in even considering the LBW appeal but the run out stood and Mayank took the long walk back to the pavilion after scoring just 4.

Earlier, Rohit won the toss and opted to bat first in the third pink ball day-night Test in India. The hosts made one change, bringing in a fit-again Axar Patel in place of Jayant Thakur in the playing XI.

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Sri Lanka, on the other hand, were forced to make two changes with Kusal Mendis and Praveen Jayawickrama replacing Pathum Nissanka and Lahiru Kumara, who were ruled out due to injuries.

India won the first Test by an innings and 222 runs.

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