However, TV replays showed the ball had hit Gambhir's helmet grille before he had it under control. According to the rules of the game, Bairstow cannot be given out. According to Law 32.3 (e), “A fielder catches the ball after it has touched an umpire, another fielder or the other batsman. However, it is not a fair catch if the ball has previously touched a protective helmet worn by a fielder. The ball will then remain in play.”
It is understood that the England camp approached the match referee in a bid to reverse the decision during lunch.
Request DeniedMatch referee Roshan Mahanama informed them that the appeal could only be withdrawn by the India captain. When approached, MS Dhoni and Duncan Fletcher declined do so.
Dhoni had obliged during the Trent Bridge Test last year when he withdrew an appeal against Ian Bell after he was adjudged run out at the stroke of tea on the third day after leaving the crease before the ball was dead. But the appeal was seen as going against the spirit of the game and the decision was overturned after Dhoni agreed to a request from the England camp.