Kings XI Punjab v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL, Mohali April 19, 2012

Element of doubt in Marsh dismissal - Gilchrist

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kings XI Punjab captain Adam Gilchrist has raised doubts over Shaun Marsh's dismissal during their eight-wicket loss to Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday, saying that he was not convinced the ball carried through to the wicketkeeper.

Marsh was controversially dismissed in the 14th over, when his edge off a Brett Lee delivery was taken low by wicketkeeper Manvinder Bisla. The on-field umpire then ruled him out, even though TV replays suggested there was a doubt. Kings XI relied on Marsh to give them momentum, after Gilchrist pulled a hamstring in the 11th over while completing a quick single. Until Gilchrist's departure, Kings XI were going along at 7.50 but post-Gilchrist, it had declined to 5.93.

"I am not convinced it was out, but I think there's a huge element of doubt there," Gilchrist said. "Shaun asked the wicketkeeper, which I must say is the way I like to play the game, you ask the fielder and the wicketkeeper told him 'yes I caught it', so Shaun walked off."

Following the dismissal, Gilchrist stepped in to quash a debate between the team owner Preity Zinta and match officials. "I saw her on the sidelines and all I said was 'let me handle this' and she responded and sat down." Gilchrist said.

After the match, Knight Riders medium-pacer Rajat Bhatia said that Gilchrist's injury and Marsh's dismissal helped them restrict Kings XI to 124. "Bisla never said that he took the catch. He said that 'I think I took the catch'. If the umpires would have given it to the third umpire then the decision would have been different. That really helped us, to be honest," Bhatia said.

Having lost three matches and won two in the IPL, Gilchrist said that consistency is important to succeed in the tournament. "We all need to contribute as there's a full batting line-up there. It's up to all of us to get the runs. We've been inconsistent and that's an area where we can improve."

Gilchrist also said he was concerned about the security of players after an intruder ran on to the field during the match.

"There's always concerns when you get pitch invasions in any sports," Gilchrist said. "We've seen historically there've been some terrible things happening. When someone runs on like that and runs towards players, we can never be too sure what's going to happen. It is a concern and no doubt the ground authorities will try and improve on security and ensure it doesn't happen again."

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  • Dummy4 on April 20, 2012, 0:18 GMT

    Most catches looks suspicious when played in slo-mo.

  • Johnathon on April 19, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    Why are you guys blaming the umpires? Marsh is the culprit who walked off without consulting with the umpires. If Marsh stayed, no doubt the umpires would have referred it. Its just like Kallis who thinks that you should just take the umpire's word and be done with it. You may be a sportsman for admitting that, but the person who takes the catch may not be and in the end you have given your wicket away for no reason. What to do? Why people are blaming umpires for these kind of scenarios, I am clueless. If you walk off the field because you think you edged the person even though you may not have, why walk off?

  • Cricinfouser on April 19, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    i hate umpires who cause the game to change with wrong decisions

  • sampathkumar on April 19, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    That's why I am saying why umpires should rely on their own decision or on the players opinion when it doubt. Why shouldn't they go to the third umpires. Why should such idiotic situations repeat again and again? When umpires commit such irresponsible mistakes costing the match, they cannot expect respect from players on field. There should be some serious measures to limit the umpires. I think the third umpire must be more powered to intervene and make the final decision to avoid such mistakes. Also umpires must be punished severely costing whole match fee and banned for some 2 or 3 matches after first or second warning.

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