Eoin Morgan has expressed “extreme frustration” with the umpiring decisions that went against England in their five-run loss in Nagpur, which levelled the series at 1-1. Morgan was particularly disappointed by Joe Root being incorrectly adjudged lbw in the last over of the chase; England needed eight runs from six balls and umpire C Shamshuddin gave the decision in India’s favour even though Root had edged the ball before it hit his pad. Although DRS has been used on England’s tour of India, there are no reviews in T20 internationals.
England lost Root and Jos Buttler and could score only two runs off the last over, bowled by Jasprit Bumrah. In India’s innings, Shamshuddin also gave Virat Kohli a reprieve when he appeared to be lbw on 7. Morgan said they would mention the decisions in the feedback submitted to the match referee Andy Pycroft before the third T20 in Bangalore.
“There is extreme frustration, absolutely,” Morgan said 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 England would mention the umpiring in their feedback they would submit to the match referee, 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.”
Root had anchored England’s chase from the fourth over by scoring at close to a run a ball until he was dismissed for 38 from 38. The bulk of the deliveries he faced came from Amit Mishra, against whom he scored briskly, and part-timer Suresh Raina.
England felt a key decision had gone them against in India’s innings, when Chris Jordan trapped Kohli right in front of the stumps in the third over but Shamshuddin ruled the India captain not out. Ball tracking later showed the ball would have gone on to hit the middle stump. Kohli proceeded to smash Tymal Mills for a six and four in the next over before Jordan returned to dismiss him off a slower ball in the fifth over, for 21 off 15.
England would have benefited from reviews, if they were available, in both circumstances and Morgan said he was “a little bit” surprised at the unavailability of the DRS in the T20 format compared to the other two, 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,” he said. “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.”
Morgan barely had any sympathy for the home umpires who were officiating in front of a crowd of 37,303, which makes it tougher to hear or spot edges. When asked if the noise or home support could intimidate umpires in high-pressure situations, Morgan suggested it came with the territory.
“It’s difficult,” he said. “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.”
Vishal Dikshit is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo