Spin legend Bishan Singh Bedi slammed Shubman Gill for arguing with the on-field umpire after being given out during a Ranji Trophy match between Punjab an Delhi in Mohali. Terming Gill’s behaviour as ‘rowdy’ and ‘unpardonable’, Bedia wants the removal of 20-year-old Gill as India A white-ball captain.
Rated highly for his batting skills and talent, Gill was embroiled in a controversy during the Ranji encounter on Friday following his refusal to leave the crease after being adjudged caught-behind by medium-pacer Subodh Bhati.
An argument with the umpire followed and the batsman was reinstated after a discussion between the on-field officials. “This kind of rowdy behaviour by anyone is unpardonable, least of all by proposed Captain of India A,” Bedi wrote on his Twitter handle.
Gill was named the captain of India A for the limited overs leg of the New Zealand tour later this month. Bedi also strongly suggested that the Fazilka-born batsman should be sacked from India A captaincy.
“No matter how talented, no player was ever bigger than the game. Example needs setting – let a more balanced person lead India A before the Referee is intimidated too,” the former spinner tweeted.
Gill was batting on 10 then. He didn’t last long as he edged one off Simarjeet Singh to Anuj Rawat for 23 off 41 balls with the team’s score on 60.
Showing dissent to the umpire’s decision is a breach of the ‘Code of Conduct’ and there is a possibility that match referee P Ranganathan will have a word with the player. He could either be let off with a warning or charged with a Level 1 offence.
Any decision on a sanction by the match referee will only be announced after the fourth day’s play.