“I was taken a little aback by the way Joe Root was speaking to the umpires” – Deep Dasgupta

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Deep Dasgupta has said he was surprised by the way Joe Root questioned a couple of umpiring decisions on Day 1 of the third Test. The England skipper, who is known to be a calm character, was visibly frustrated with some of the decisions made by the third-umpire.

Joe Root showed his resentment after the third-umpire adjudged Shubman Gill not out when the latter edged the ball to second slip. Ben Stokes claimed the controversial catch, but the TV umpire ruled it in favor of the Indian opener after the on-field umpires had given him out.

Following the incident, Joe Root had a heated discussion with the on-field umpires. And Deep Dasgupta said he was taken aback by the the England skipper’s behavior.

“There is no justification because I thought that was very unlike Joe Root, going and questioning the umpires. And not just questioning. I thought the body language was quite animated. We haven’t seen Joe Root like that; I haven’t seen him like that. I was taken a little aback by the way Joe Root was speaking to the umpires,” the former wicket-keeper said on Sports Today.

England put on a dismal batting show in the first innings, getting bowled out for just 112. Axar Patel was the wrecker-in-chief, picking up six wickets in Ahemdabad.

Deep Dasgupta, who played eight Tests and five ODIs for India, pointed out that the Motera pitch is different from the usual pink-ball Test surfaces.

“But not looking at the pitch, just the notion of a pink-ball Test, you would say England are marginally ahead. But then they were out for 112. This was a different kind of a surface, not usually what we see for a day-night Test,” added Deep Dasgupta.

Several experts backed England to do well in the day-night Test. However, after getting bowled out for 112 in the first innings, it will take a monumental effort from the visitors to make a comeback in the mat. India were 99-3 at the end of Day 1.

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