On 1 March 2023, team India took on Australia in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy in the third Test in Indore. India managed to win the first two matches comfortably and were looking to continue their dominance in this clash also. However, from the Delhi Test, umpire Nitin Menon made headlines as he got involved in a controversial dismissal of Virat Kohli.
The incident took place during India’s first innings in Delhi. Virat Kohli was batting on 44 runs when he got trapped in an LBW. Umpire Nitin Menon gave him out and Kohli went for a review. During the replay, it was seen that the ball might have hit both the pad and bat at the same time. But, the third umpire, Richard Illingworth did not overturn the decision and thus, Kohli got out.
India experienced a batting collapse against the Aussies in the first innings of the Indore Test
So, fans were not happy with such a decision from Menon in such a crucial situation of the match. However, he was again one of the on-field umpires who took the field in the third Test in Indore. But, he disappointed once again as Menon came up with some howlers in the first session only. In the first over of the day, he gave to wrong decisions over Rohit Sharma. On the first delivery, it was a clear nick from Rohit’s bat. But, he did not give him out and Australia did not go for a review. Then, on the fourth delivery of that over, it was another appeal from the Aussies for a caught behind. But, Menon denied it again.
But replays showed that the ball hit the back leg on its way and it was a plumb LBW. Then, he made another mistake when he gave Ravindra Jadeja out against an LBW appeal. But, Jadeja took the review and the decision got overturned as there was a clear inside edge. After that, Menon made another mistake when he did not give out Srikar Bharat. But, Australia went for a review and it confirmed that the ball would’ve hit the middle and leg stumps. So, it was quite an eventful session for Nitin Menon. Hence, fans came up and shared their views on the social media platform to troll the umpire.
Here are some tweets to troll Nitin Menon over his controversial decision from the first session of the Indore Test between India and Australia:
Nitin Menon if Kohli hits a 4:#nitinmenon #INDvsAUS3rdTEST #BGT23
Sack him from umpiring.. pic.twitter.com/nRdm8sH3RA
— Akshay Sasane🇮🇳 (@AkshaySasane) March 1, 2023
Nitin Menon has gone wrong almost 4 times in a SESSION 🙃
Umpiring of HIGH Class !!!#NitinMenon #INDvsAUSTest #IndvAus #IndvsAus #AusvsInd #AusvInd #BGT #BGT2023 #Indore pic.twitter.com/mfHbrqtyPb
— Praneet Samaiya (@praneetsamaiya) March 1, 2023
Nitin Menon and Rohit Sharma plays for Mumbai Indians 🤝 pic.twitter.com/0rhtyZiQu4
— Jyran. (@Jyrun45) March 1, 2023
Wen Umpire Nitin menon see virat kohli comes to bat usmein steve bucknor ki atma aa jati hai..kohli ko sachin samjkar out pe out deta hai
Wen he see Rohit sharma bats thn pakistani umpire shakur rana ki atma aa jati hai..not out#INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/G7QkUbLgtR
— Vaibhav (@vabby_16) March 1, 2023
#NitinMenon kohli ji bach kr ye umpire Apko out dene ka liye hamesha ready rehte Hai
— Amandeep Sharma (@amansharma6723) March 1, 2023
Sabse jyada deserving to Nitin Menon hai thread ka 😂😂
— Anubhav (@incognito_ffs) March 1, 2023
Nitin Menon at his home ground seeing his lover cheering for #ViratKohli𓃵 and Not Cheering his fav #RohitSharma𓃵 #IndvsAus #IndvAus pic.twitter.com/AvKOvu4p8K
— black_white_IND (@black_white_IND) March 1, 2023
What did Nitin Menon do??🤔🤔
Why so much criticism about his decisions??🤔🤔#IndvsAus #BorderGavaskarTrophy #BGT23 #Indoretest
— Reeon (@Alley_Cricketer) March 1, 2023