“Ishan Kishan Needs To Be Banned”: Indian Wicketkeeper Faces Criticism For Doing ‘Alex Carey Style’ Wicket-Keeping

Ishan Kishan, the wicketkeeper for the Indian cricket team, found himself on the brink of creating a controversy reminiscent of the ‘Alex Carey’ incident during the recently-concluded first Test match between India and West Indies in Dominica. Although India comfortably won the match by an innings and 141 runs, Kishan’s stumping attempt drew attention and criticism from some quarters.

India displayed a dominant performance in the first Test against West Indies, securing an unassailable lead in the two-match series and commencing their campaign in the third cycle of the World Test Championship with a resounding victory. After bowling out West Indies for a mere 150 runs in the first innings, India amassed a commanding total of 421 for 5 (declared) with centuries from debutant Yashasvi Jaiswal and Rohit Sharma. In the second innings, Ravichandran Ashwin’s exceptional bowling led to West Indies being bundled out for 130.

Amidst the relatively controversy-free match, Ishan Kishan’s stumping attempt created a stir. During the 33rd over, when Ravindra Jadeja was bowling to Jason Holder, Kishan tried to stump Holder cheekily. After Holder failed to contact the ball, Kishan patiently waited for him to raise his back leg. As Holder lifted his foot off the ground, Kishan removed the bails and appealed for a stumping. However, the umpire denied the appeal, as he had already called the over, rendering the ball dead.

The incident received mixed reactions, with some critics and fans expressing their displeasure with Kishan’s actions. Comparisons were drawn to the controversial stumping incident involving Australia’s Alex Carey, who stumped Jonny Bairstow contentiously during the Ashes Test at Lord’s. Carey’s actions faced heavy criticism, with Bairstow walking out of the crease, assuming the ball was dead, before being stumped. The umpire eventually gave the decision in Australia’s favor.

Controversial incidents in cricket serve as reminders of the importance of sportsmanship. While Kishan’s stumping attempt raised eyebrows, it is essential to remember the values of fair play and respect for the spirit of the game. Such incidents allow players to reflect on their actions and ensure they adhere to the principles of sportsmanship in future matches.

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