England spinner Jack Leach likened controversial umpiring decisions to football’s VAR debate after DRS denied him two wickets on the opening day of the second Test against India in Chennai. Leach appeared to have centurion Rohit Sharma stumped by Ben Foakes – only for the batsman to be reprieved even though the replay showed his foot on the crease instead of behind it.
“It was a bit like VAR today – still controversial even though you’ve got the technology!” said Leach. “Hopefully these things are swings and roundabouts and we’ll get a little bit of luck along the way. Obviously, it’s a mistake and these things happen. Ben did say it [the stumping] was definitely out and then when we saw it we were hoping. It was touch and go, that one and it didn’t go our way, but the other one would have been nice.”
“We were trying to get them to roll it through because we felt it [the glove] had come afterwards. They were checking it, then the lbw footage came up and we said ‘no no, no’.” he added. “At the time I was a little bit angry – I’d rather have three than two, I guess! But I think getting a wicket the next over made it easier – it’s not cost us and we got our review back.”
“As you saw with Rohit and Rahane, once you get a partnership going on that older ball, it can get a little bit easier, so we’ve certainly got to believe we can do the same when we come to bat,” Leach continued. “We’ve been able to adapt quite well to spinning surfaces in the last few games, even in Sri Lanka, and our full belief is we can do that here as well. I felt I bowled well today – this is definitely the best rhythm I’ve had since we started. It’s all based around being patient, letting the pitch do what it was doing and hoping you make some inroads that way.”