At Headingley, the second day of the ongoing third Test between England and India was a tiring one for the visiting bowlers. Joe Root, who hit his third century in the series, added to England’s misery. With two wickets left in hand, the hosts have a huge lead of about 350 runs. During the day’s play, the young Indian wicket-keeper batsman, Rishabh Pant, and skipper Virat Kohli were seen chatting with both the on-field umpires.
In preparation for the third session, the on-field umpires, Alex Wharf and Richard Kettleborough asked Rishabh Pant to remove the tapes from his wicketkeeping gloves. According to the MCC laws, his fourth and fifth fingers were taped.
Law 27.2 designed for gloves states as follows, “If, as permitted under 27.1, the wicketkeeper wears gloves, they shall have no webbing between the fingers except joining index finger and thumb, where webbing may be inserted as a means of support”
It was interesting to note that the umpires took action after Dawid Malan was caught behind the wickets off the last ball before tea and shortly after walking out onto the field, they got Rishabh Pant’s gloves taped up. The commentators on-air, Nasser Hussain and David Lloyd, also clarified the laws regarding the gloves, indicating that one cannot tape them as Pant did.
Nasser Hussain said, “There’s lots in the laws of the game about the webbing, but we’re hearing from the third umpire, Richard Illingworth, that he wasn’t allowed and he’s not allowed to tape his gloves like that, so they’ve asked him to take that tape off.”
Lloyd argued that Dawid Malan’s dismissal was illegal and he should’ve been recalled. Nasser Hussain however contended that tapes had been present throughout the series, not just for this match.
Here’s the video of the same:
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