Umpire Kumar Dharmasena continues to be confounded with the Decision Review System (DRS). During England’s series against Bangladesh, he got most of his decisions overturned by the DRS. During the second day of the Mohali Test between India and England, Dharmasena, who was the third umpire, had a bizarre experience with the DRS. (Mohali Test Updates)
On the third ball of the sixth over bowled by Chris Woakes to Parthiv Patel, the batsman tried to tuck a short ball on leg stump to the leg side. Wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow dived to his right, took the catch and England appealed. Umpire Marais Erasmus gave it out and Patel opted for the review. (SCORECARD)
Replays showed that there was no bat involved and the ball had brushed the shirt on the way. During the conversation, umpire Dharmasena committed a faux pas. When there was no spike on Real Time Snicko, he told umpire Erasmus, “Marais, no edge, you can stay with your original decision.” However, Dharmasena immediately corrected his decision.
Luckily, umpire Erasmus did not hear the second portion and overturned the decision to Not Out. Had he heard umpire Dharmasena’s complete sentence, he would have stayed with the decision of out.
Dharmasena has endured a torrid time in the last couple of series. In the Chittagong Test between England and Bangladesh, he had a total of eight decisions overturned out of 16, which set a record of most reversed decisions by an umpire in a single Test.