Australian debutant Will Pucovski’s maiden Test innings was revived at the SCG on Thursday after a dramatic review overturned his wicket.
The young batsman was beside himself when he appeared to be caught out on 32 runs by Indian wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant.
But the catch, having been taken on the blind side of both umpires, was sent upstairs for review – which you can watch in the video above.
Pant had not celebrated wildly when he returned to his feet after the dive and frame-by-frame replays quickly showed why.
Third umpire Bruce Oxenford determined the ball hit the ground before the wicketkeeper scooped it up with his gloves.
The review process had left India celebrating as they watched the big screen, until Oxenford said ‘not out’ was the call.
“I’ve got ball on ground there, ball’s definitely on ground at that point,” he said.
The decision brought Pucovski back to the crease with Australia on 1-56 late in the second session of a rain-disrupted day one.
Yet a number of factors remained divisive among cricket greats and fans.
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting had thought conclusive evidence was not available – and he remained bemused afterwards as more replays flashed across the screen.
“This is where it gets interesting, can we see where the bottom part of his right glove is?” he said on Channel 7.
“Does it bounce out of his left glove and into the bottom of his right glove? We can’t actually see the bottom of his right glove.
“I’m not sure how you can actually say that’s definitely hit the ground.”
Ex-Australian bowler Damien Fleming disagreed, saying Pant was “just going to be too late to scoop” the ball.
Fans on social media thought Pant had claimed the catch but Fleming thought the wicketkeeper was always less convinced than his teammates.
“He’s such an up wicketkeeper, he didn’t jump up and accelerate. I think he had doubts himself,” he said.
Pucovski made the most of his chance by reaching his first Test half-century before tea.
The 22-year-old Victorian raised the bat after successive fours off Indian debutant Navdeep Saini’s first two balls in Test cricket.
Australia reached the final break of the day on 1-93 behind Pucovski (54) and Marnus Labuschagne (34).
David Warner had earlier lasted just 15 minutes after an uncomfortable stay at the crease on his return from injury.