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Labuschagne controversial catch in Sheffield Shield match triggers debate on social media


Australian cricketer Marnus Labuschagne hogged the limelight when he scored the most runs in the Border Gavaskar Trophy series against India. The right-handed batsman aggregated as many as 426 runs from 8 games.

Australian star was statistically very good in numbers as he maintained an impeccable average of 52.25. Overall, he smashed 1 century and 2 fifties to his name including his best score of 108 at The Gabba, Brisbane.

With these impressive statistics in four Tests, Labuschagne topped the list of cricketers with most runs in the Border Gavaskar series. The 26-year-old drew praises for his gritty batting performance. On the contrary, Australia lost the series by 2-1.

Currently, Marnus Labuschagne is involved in the Sheffield Shield 2020-21 tournament. The 26-year-old sparked a big debate on social media after taking a controversial catch. Twitter users couldn’t stop talking about the catch.

Umpire gives his decision in favour of Queensland

Labuschagne controversial catch in Sheffield Shield match triggers debate on social media

The Sheffield Shield match between Queensland and New South Wales made the headlines for one controversial incident during the gameplay. Queensland player Marnus Labuschagne stirred controversy on social media for his unappealing catch.

The controversial incident happened right at the end of NSW’s innings as the innings came to a close in a controversial way. Meanwhile, the on-field umpire made up his mind and gave his decision in the fielding team’s favour.

Watch the video below:

The umpire judged Baxter Holt out after an unhandy effort from the 26-year-old. The incident unfolded when New South Wales wicketkeeper tried to hit Mitchell Swepson’s ball over mid-on. As it turned out, the batsman mistimed the ball towards the cover region.

In what looked like a regulation catch, Labuschagne caught the ball without any fuss. However, in just a blink of an eye, a drama happened. Marnus awkwardly tripped over his legs soon after taking the catch. Just as he regained his balance, the red leather had slipped out of his hands and fell onto the ground.

Meanwhile, one of the commmentators was heard saying ‘dropped’ before adding that Marnus might have held on to it for a long time. On the other hand, other commentator feld something fishy about the catch as he said: “That was a little peculiar”.

Despite all the drama, chaos and confusion in the commentary box, the umpires decided to give the batsman “out” in the first place. Baxter Holt made his way back to the dressing room after scoring 29 off 57 balls including 4 boundaries.

Controversial catch triggers debate:

Meanwhile, NSW wicketkeeper-batsman Baxter Holt did not protest against the on-field umpire’s decision. On the other hand, cricket pundits were not really pleased with the umpires’ call. Several pundits were of the opinion that the catch should have been disallowed.

They also justified their claim adding that Marnus Labuschagne did not have control over the ball, balance and movement. According to the rules: “The act of making a catch … shall end when a fielder obtains complete control over both the ball and his/her own movement.”


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