A remarkable on-field gaffe from Kiwi umpire Chris Gaffaney has become one of the most watched moments of the third cricket Test between Australia and India, after his quick-thinking and casual sleight-of-hand saved double centurion Cheteshwar Pujara from an early shower, in the seesawing affair in Ranchi.
Though the Test ended in a draw last night, to keep the four match series tied at 1-1, Gaffaney's astonishing and sneaky reversal of a dismissal proved to be an entertaining and key moment in the match on day three.
With India at 385/6 and chasing Australia's first innings total of 451, Pujara attempted a hook off Josh Hazlewood but instead missed, with the high ball clearing his top edge.
Or did it? Hazlewood half-heartedly appealed the attempt along with wicketkeeper Matthew Wade and captain Steve Smith at first slip, but the edge wasn't challenged and play continued until commentators picked up Gaffaney's clever move moments later.
"How to give a batsman a heart attack right there," one commentator said.
"The finger came out and it went and scratched the head."
Pujara went on to make 202 as India took a commanding lead with 603 in their first innings before Australia defended all of day five yesterday to grind out a draw.