Tom Latham, the wicketkeeper-batsman who captained New Zealand in the absence of Kane Williamson on Wednesday in the first One Day International (ODI) of the three-match series against India at Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, had a memorable performance. A brutal dismissal of Hardik Pandya occurred as a result of the New Zealand wicketkeeper standing up to the stumps during one of Daryl Mitchell’s overs.

Internet users thought that Latham was responsible for Pandya’s dismissal, but the third umpire decided to rule against the Indian batsman. The third umpire was convinced that there was insufficient proof that Lathan had moved the bails so Pandya was ultimately given out. Pandya was bewildered and in shock after his shocking dismissal in the 40th over. The contentious firing of Pandya triggered a heated discussion on social media.

Following Pandya’s departure, Latham successfully argued that Shubman Gill had been struck by a wicket. The bails seemed to have fallen off Latham’s hands, according to the replays, but the third umpire ruled that Gill was not out. Latham’s on-field antics caught the attention of renowned Indian all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin, who criticized the interim captain on Twitter. In his tweet, Ashwin said that “forget about split screens and replays, the cut shot from Shubhman Gill confirmed why Hardik was Not Out. #indvsnz.”

Speaking about the game, Indian opener Gill scored a magnificent double century against New Zealand in the first ODI in Hyderabad, breaking several records. In the 50-over match, Team India was led by Rohit and achieved a challenging total of 349-8 thanks to opening batsman Gill’s quick-fire 208 from 149 balls. Gill’s thrilling 208-ball innings against the Black Caps in Hyderabad saw him hit 19 fours and 9 sixes, making him the sixth Indian hitter to score a double-century.