Cameron Green responds to catch controversy, claims he caught Shubman Gill cleanly

Tags: ICC World Test Championship Final 2023, India, Australia, Shubman Gill, Cameron Green

Published on: Jun 11, 2023

Australia all-rounder Cameron Green has shared his views on the controversial dismissal of Shubman Gill on Day 4 of the World Test Championship (WTC) final on Saturday, June 10. He claimed that he took a clean one-handed catch at gully to send back the Indian opener, adding that third umpire Richard Kettleborough also agreed on the same.

After India were set to chase 444, Gill was batting on 18 when he poked at a delivery outside off stump from pacer Scott Boland. The ball took the edge and flew to gully, where Green pounced on it and claimed a one-handed catch.

While the action looked stunning, Gill wasn’t going anywhere and held his ground. In the end, he was forced to walk back after Kettleborough concluded that Green was in control of the catch and that he had not grassed it.

Speaking at a press conference at the end of the fourth day’s play, Green shared his views on the catch and commented, "At the time I definitely thought I caught it. I think in the heat of the moment, I thought it was clean and threw it up and obviously showed no sign of any doubt. And then it's left up to the third umpire (Kettleborough) and he agreed."

Green has been in excellent catching form in the WTC final. In the first innings as well, the 24-year-old took an excellent catch to deny Ajinkya Rahane (89) a hundred on his Test comeback. Speaking about his fielding abilities, he said, "Ever since I've grown up I have put a lot of time and effort into it (catching). I think growing up I would always try to get myself in first or second slip and I have done that basically my whole junior career.

"I back myself that I can take a few nice catches and I was a bit disappointed the first day dropping that (easy) one, but it's always nice to repay," he added.

Needing 444 for victory, India went to stumps on Day 4 at 164/3. They needed a further 280 for victory. Looking forward to the final day, Green commented that patience will be the key. He said, "It will be crucial (to stay patient) as it was today to kind of keep our nerve... one or two wickets and we’re back on top. We have to definitely be patient."

India will resume Day 5 with Virat Kohli batting on 44 and Ajinkya Rahane on 20.

--By A Cricket Correspondent

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