The game between the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and the Mumbai Indians (MI) went down to the last ball and it ended with the controversy.
Virat Kohli has come out spitting fire and the rest of the cricket world reacted with equal disbelief after more controversy rocked the Indian Premier League (IPL) overnight.
An umpiring howler off the last deliver cost Royal Challengers Bangalore dearly as Mumbai Indians pipped the hosts by six runs largely due to Jasprit Bumrah’s brilliant spell at the death in an IPL encounter on Thursday.
Needing six to take the game into Super Over, Lasith Malinga’s final delivery to Shivam Dube was a no-ball that was missed by the on-field umpires as RCB managed 181 for 5 in reply to 187 for 8 by Mumbai Indians.
What hurt them more was AB de Villiers, who nearly took his team to victory with an unbeaten 70 off 41 balls would have faced the free-hit. Both umpires C Nandan and ICC Elite Panel’s S Ravi bungled completely leaving Virat Kohli seething in anger.
In a tight game that went down to the wire with RCB needing seven to win off the last ball, Lasith Malinga ended up overstepping which was not picked by the on-field umpire S Ravi. It was showed on the giant screen only after the players shook hands post the game. It drew sharp criticism from both captains, and particularly Kohli.
The umpire in question, S Ravi, is India’s only representative in ICC’s Elite panel of umpires.
Kohli expressed his displeasure in the post-match presentation ceremony and according to the reports in Times Now, barged into the match referee’s room soon after that.
“It has also been learnt that Kohli used abusive language and shouted expletives while also telling the match referee Manu Nayyar that he doesn’t care if he is penalised for violating the code of conduct.”
Kohli had also expressed his anger during the post-match conference.
“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.
Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma too backed Kohli and said that these mistakes shouldn’t happen.
“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.
“There’s a TV up there, they have to watch what’s happening,” Sharma said. “It is as simple as it is. Players can’t do much. The only thing they can do is walk off and shake hands because it was the last ball. It’s disappointed to see that. I hope they rectify their mistakes like we do when we make mistakes,” Sharma added.
“I don’t know what the solution is. They (boards) need to come up with a solution. I am not authorised to. Eventually it’s not good for the game and whatever is not good for the game, I won’t stand for that. Those decisions can cost you games and those games can cost you the tournament. We work really hard to win the tournament and those kind of mistakes are not acceptable,” Rohit further added in the post-match press conference.
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