Rishabh Pant’s prediction, caught on the stump mic during the Delhi Capitals’ (DC) home game against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), has created a flutter on social media with some fans claiming the match was fixed.
Rishabh Pant on Saturday was caught on the stump mic, saying “yeh to waise bhi choka hai (this is going to go for a four)” in the fourth over when KKR’s Robin Uthappa was batting.
The experienced right-hander hit the next ball for a four-off Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane to get off the mark.
According to several Twitter users, the game was fixed as Delhi batsman Rishabh Pant had announced the result of the ball in advance.
The video of the incident did rounds on social media with many fans crying foul as to how Pant knew before the ball was delivered that it would find the fence.
Former Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner Lalit Modi has alleged that match-fixing took place during a match between Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders.
Modi tweeted a video from the match in which Capital’s wicketkeeper Rishbah Pant can be heard on the stump mic saying that the next delivery would be hit for a four.
The very next ball was hit for a four by Robin Uthappa off the bowling of Sandeep Lamichhane.
“Is this a joke or cannot believe this. Match-fixing to the highest order. When will @iplt20 @bcci.tv @icc @bcci ever wakeup,” Modi tweeted.
is this a #joke or cannot believe this. #matchfixing to the highest order. when will @iplt20 @bcci.tv @icc @bcci.cricket ever wake up. #shameful ?????? that all officials really dont care pic.twitter.com/kjBdHhvD3s
— Lalit Kumar Modi (@LalitKModi) April 1, 2019
The video of the incident went viral on social media, with fans claiming that the match was fixed.
In 2013, the IPL was rocked by a spot-fixing scandal when three players from the Rajasthan Royals were arrested by Delhi Police on charges of spot-fixing. The three players S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila were banned by the BCCI for life.
The same year, a top official from the Chennai Super Kings and son-in-law of BCCI president N. Srinivasan was arrested by the police in Mumbai in connection with illegal betting. Srinivasan stepped down as BCCI president a year later due to a Supreme Court order.
Both Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings were banned for two years.
Modi has also been at the centre of an IPL controversy and was ousted from the league over shady initial bids of Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab, a suspect broadcast deal and bid rigging of two new franchises.