IPL 2019

Cricket World lashes out at technology standards in IPL

Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians were involved in a thrilling encounter at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, with the latter emerging victorious by just six runs. However, despite some outstanding individual performances, it was an unfortunate umpiring error that became the biggest talking point.

Needing seven to win from the final ball, RCB didn’t even bother taking a single when it was bunted down the ground as it finished on 5/181 in pursuit of Mumbai’s 8/187. But controversy soon erupted when replays on the big screen showed Lasith Malinga had escaped sanction for a front-foot no-ball.

The Sri Lankan quick clearly overstepped the mark with his final delivery, which should have given Bangalore one last chance to save its skin with an extra run and a free hit, but the umpire missed it and the game was over.

South African superstar AB de Villiers was unbeaten on 70 off 41 deliveries when the innings came to a close and may have been on strike for the final delivery had the no-ball been picked up. Judging by the form he was in, there’s every chance de Villiers could have pumped the last ball over the fence and changed the result.

Lasith Malinga ended up overstepping which was not picked by the on-field umpire S Ravi. Photo: Twitter

RCB captain Virat Kohli and his opposite number, MI skipper Rohit Sharma, came down hard on the umpiring error that marred the end of the thrilling clash between their teams at the Chinnaswamy stadium on Thursday.

“We are playing at the IPL level and not playing club cricket. The umpires should have had their eyes open. That is a ridiculous call at the last ball. If it is a game of margins, I don’t know what is happening. They should have been more sharp and careful out there,” said Kohli.

Rohit Sharma too wasn’t happy with the standard of umpiring.

“I just got to know when we crossed the rope. Somebody just told me it was a no-ball. These kind of mistakes are not good for the game of cricket, it’s pretty simple, the over before that. Bumrah bowled a ball which wasn’t a wide ball. Those are game-changers,” said Rohit.

Kohli and Sharma weren’t the only ones upset. Former stars, including international captains, raged over cricket’s refusal not to let technology intervene in cases where obvious blunders have been made.

Here’s how they react:

 

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