India vs England: 'Frustrated' Morgan to raise umpiring concerns with match referee

| Updated: Jan 30, 2017 16:57 IST

Nagpur (Maharashtra)[India], Jan. 30 (ANI): England skipper Eoin Morgan has been left extremely frustrated with the umpiring decisions that went against his team during their five-run loss in thrilling Nagpur T20 against India, particularly that of Joe Root in the last over of the chase. Root was adjudged LBW by umpire C Shamshuddin on the first ball of the last over when England needed eight runs. The decision in India's favour apparently proved to be the turning point of the match and allowed the Virat Kohli-led side to level the three-match series. As it turned out to be, Root and Jos Buttler and could score only two runs off the last over, bowled by Jasprit Bumrah. However, in the replays, it was visible that Root had edged the ball before it hit his pad. Another decision that went against England was when Shamshuddin gave Kohli a reprieve when he appeared to be LBW on seven during the first innings. "There is extreme frustration, absolutely," ESPNcricinfo quoted Morgan as saying after the match. "It shifted momentum, first ball of the 20th over, losing a batsman who's faced [almost] 40 balls on a wicket that's not that easy to time it is quite a hammer blow. It's proved very costly all things considered. A couple of decisions didn't go our way and we still should have won the game and that's a big positive for us. That we didn't, is disappointing." When asked if the visitors would mention the decisions in the feedback submitted to the match referee Andy Pycroft, Morgan replied "absolutely" and added, "we have an opportunity to do that before the next game, there's always feedback given through the match referee on our report." If the reviews were available for England, they would have benefitted from the same and the skipper said he was "a little bit" surprised at the unavailability of the DRS in the T20 format compared to the Test and ODI format, saying he couldn't see any reason why it could not be used. "Even if it's just for World Cup games you'd accept it. If this was a World Cup game tonight and we were out of the World Cup or lost a World Cup final we'd be spewing. The fact it's not [available] is a concern. There is as much on the line as there is in a Test or a one-day match so no reason why it shouldn't be used," he said. The left-handed batsman had very little sympathy for the home umpires who were officiating in front of such a huge crowd, which makes it tough for them to hear or spot edges. "It's difficult," he replied when asked if the noise or home support could intimidate umpires in high-pressure situations. "As a player, when you make your debut you're in the same position ... It's part and parcel of the job to be able to cope with the pressure and make good decisions more often than not." "We should have won the game anyway. The fact that comes out of today's game as a highlight is disappointing, it shouldn't be like that. It should be a good performance by both teams and a really competitive game. We will draw a line under it tonight and move on to think about what we may come up against in Bangalore," he added. The two teams will next face each other in what one can expect to be a thrilling series decider at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday. (ANI)
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