Video: Joe Root bizarrely dismissed during India Test match

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The first day of England and India’s Test match saw controversy after England’s number five batsman Joe Root was seen to be unfairly dismissed following a strange incident with seamer Umesh Yadav.

The 25-year-old struck an impressive 124 on day one but was dismissed when he drove his 180th ball back to seamer Yadav, who seemed to grab the ball with both hands at thigh height before appearing to spill it when celebrating.

Yadav tossed the ball in the air, before somehow failing to catch it, meaning it had dropped to the ground.


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Even the commentators were puzzled by the action and were unsure of the verdict after showing a series of replays at different angles.

However, the umpires ultimately decided that Yadav had the ball under control and Root was subsequently dismissed and was seen shaking his head in disapproval when leaving the field.

Many fans and news outlets were unconvinced by the dismissal, including Sky Sports pundit Nasser Hussain, who said: "In real-time, that's what we live in, the law is you have to be in control of the ball and your body. That's the law to claim a catch. Was he in control, real-time, of that ball to claim a catch?

"If he was in control of it, why did he try to catch it again?"

You can watch the incident below.

Former England captain Mike Atherton did, however, believe the dismissal was right to stand.

"It looked to me like Yadav caught it but in the process of throwing the ball up he lost control of the ball but he did have it in his hands; that's why the on-field umpires gave it out initially and why Rob Tucker has decided to stay with that call," he said.

Root himself commented in regards to the dismissal: "It's out, isn't it? There's no point arguing it. I set off walking off anyway so, let's leave it at yet."

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