Virat Kohli, India’s captain, was disappointed after umpire Richard Illingworth sent an appeal for caught behind upstairs despite New Zealand’s refusal to request a DRS review. When New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult decided to appeal for a caught behind that went down the leg side in the 41st over of India’s innings, the event occurred.
However, the DRS timer ran out, and the Kiwis were unable to appeal.
— Wisden India (@WisdenIndia) June 19, 2021
Even though New Zealand did not request a review, umpire Illingworth spoke with square-leg umpire Michael Gough and agreed to send the game upstairs for a review.
Because it wasn’t a player review and yet Ultra Edge was checked, the question on everyone’s mind was why they were checking Ultra Edge for an umpire review in the first place. Kohli appeared to be asking the same question, implying that he assumed they were only going to check if it got to the keeper in one piece. Kohli smiled as Umpire Illingworth told him anything. New Zealand did not receive a negative review.
Virender Sehwag, the former India opener, expressed his thoughts on the situation, “Funny umpiring there with Virat. No decision given by the umpire and it automatically became a review.”
Funny umpiring there with Virat.
No decision given by the umpire and it automatically became a review.
Tuning in to the Women’s test match for the time being , hoping for Harman and Punam to save the Test match.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 19, 2021
The playing conditions of the game do mention that the umpires were well within rights.