Suryakumar's dismissal sparks controversy, Laxman tweets 'How can this be out?'

India batsmen Suryakumar Yadav was declared caught out by the third umpire in the fourth T20I after he couldn’t see any ‘conclusive evidence’ whether David Malan’s low catch was clean or not.

“how can this be out?” VVS Laxman tweeted. “violets are blue, so is the sky Dear @icc ‘soft signal’ why?” wrote Wasim Jaffer. Graeme Swann called the decision ‘stinker’.


Suryakumar Yadav walked out to bat in the fourth over after Rohit’s departure. He started his innings on a stunning note by dispatching Jofra Archer for a six on the very first ball he faced. There was no looking back since then. He was eventually out for 57 off 31 balls. Suryakumar’s whirlwind knock was laced with six fours and 3 sixes.

Here are some reactions.

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Bad Decision by 3rd umpire!! :-1: :-1:

It happened in the 14th over of the Indian innings. Suryakumar, who had hit a lap shot over fine-leg in the previous delivery of Sam Curran, went for the similar shot in the second ball of the over. This time, however, the fine-leg fielder pushed back and Suryakumar did not get the desired timing.

Dawid Malan came charging in took the catch diving in front. It was a close call as there was enough doubt of the ball touching the ground. The on-field umpires sent it upstairs with the soft signal – ‘out’.

In the end, that soft signal spelt the doom for Suryakumar as the third umpire did not find any ‘conclusive evidence’ to overturn the decision despite seeing multiple replays – with a few of them suggesting there was nothing underneath the ball when Malan took the catch.


Virat Kohli wants more clarity on the field over the use of the soft signal :speaking_head: