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.
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:
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 28, 2019
Technology should be used much more often in cricket … so many front foot no-balls missed all the time in all formats and only checked on dismissal. Should be as simple as 3rd umpire telling the umpire through ear piece that a no ball has been bowled.
— Faf Du Plessis (@faf1307) March 28, 2019
In the world of technology that we live in, a NO BALL like that should NOT happen!
End Of Story!
— Kevin Pietersen? (@KP24) March 28, 2019
Sorry.. but umpires are missing too many no balls these days.. time for another umpire on the ground to call no balls! #fedup
— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) March 28, 2019
I believe with the technology that’s being used in cricket for different things what happened in the #MIvsRCB match highlighted that more should be done.
— Brian Lara (@BrianLara) March 29, 2019
People complaining about the state of umpiring in the IPL are the same people who believe that the WWE isn’t scripted.
— Dennis No Ball (@DennisCricket_) March 28, 2019
They have to sort this out somehow. Difference between a win or a loss.
— Kumar Sangakkara (@KumarSanga2) March 28, 2019
It would have been better if Shivam Dube was out on the last ball, seems like that is the only way umpires would have checked the #noball
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) March 28, 2019
Time to start thinking on the lines of ‘LED Stumps’ kinda technology. Moment it’s a no ball, the area lights up, batsman knows it’s a no ball, the crowd knows it a no ball, added spectacle to the game. Umpires can cool their heels on no balls. What say?#NoBalls
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) March 29, 2019
If an umpire calls a no-ball that isn’t one, it cannot be overturned. If he doesn’t call a no-ball and there is a wicket, DRS can correct it. And so, more umpires are erring on the side of not calling no-balls.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 28, 2019