The much-awaited ICC World Test Championship (WTC) 2023 Final between India and Australia got underway at the Oval in London on June 7.
Opting to bowl first, the Indian team started the match on a strong note, with Mohammed Siraj dismissing Usman Khawaja for a duck. Afterwards, the duo of David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne added 69 runs for the second wicket to steady the ship.
Considering the overcast conditions and a green-tinged pitch at the Oval, the partnership between Warner and Labuschagne frustrated the Indian team.
During the 18th over of Australia’s first innings, Shardul Thakur bowled a well-pitched delivery that struck Labuschagne’s pads. As India were desperate for a breakthrough, skipper Rohit Sharma signalled the umpire for a DRS without even looking towards him.
While the review turned out to be in vain, Rohit’s gesture to the umpire for DRS caught everyone’s attention.
Taking to Instagram, ICC shared a video of the incident with the caption, “How to ask a review ft. Rohit Sharma. #WTC23 #cricket #cricketreels”.
In the end, it was Shardul who eventually broke the partnership by removing Warner at the stroke of lunch break for 43.
In the post-lunch session, Mohammad Shami provided India with an ideal start by claiming Marnus Labuschagne’s wicket for 26.