IPL 2019 has just started, and it has already entered into the controversies. The former Indian left-arm spinner Bishan Singh Bedi has taken a new dig at the Indian Premier League (IPL) for not maintaining the spirit of cricket.
In the first week of IPL 2019, Ravichandran Ashwin faced the criticism for “mankading” while the umpires failed to recognise a big front-foot no-ball on the crucial final ball of another match.
The controversies in the early IPL 2019
During the fourth game of IPL 2019, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) captain Ravichandran Ashwin “mankaded” the set Rajasthan Royals (RR) opening batsman Jos Buttler. The KXIP captain didn’t warn the RR opener before that “mankading” incident, while the off-spinner also had a pause in his run-up before dismissing Jos Buttler.
That dismissal was the turning point of that match as KXIP won that match by 14 runs. However, the KXIP skipper faced massive criticism for his action.
Though Ravichandran Ashwin mostly maintained the cricket rules during that dismissal, many believe that it was against the spirit of the game. Many cricket experts have criticised Ravichandran Ashwin’s pause incident before “mankading” Jos Buttler. Even recently, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has also stated against the KXIP captain.
Meanwhile, in the seventh match of IPL 2019, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) suffered a six-run defeat against Mumbai Indians (MI) due to a major umpiring error. On the final ball of that match, RCB needed to score seven runs to win that match. During the last ball of that match, MI pacer Lasith Malinga overstepped, but the on-field umpires failed to recognise that. The replay showed that it was a big no-ball, but RCB failed to get the crucial free-hit due to the umpiring error.
Bishan Singh Bedi’s opinion
Talking about these incidents, Bishan Singh Bedi recently spoke about the spirit of cricket.
He said according to TOI, “Spirit an individual thing. How you want to be remembered and respected for the way you played the game – that’s spirit. Not some written rule”.
Later, Bishan Singh Bedi was asked, “IPL and spirit? Sort of a born mismatch, no?”
In reply, the former Indian left-arm spinner agreed on that view.
He said, “Hmmm… I’ll agree with that.”
Earlier, Bishan Singh Bedi criticised the IPL for multiple times. He has always questioned the credibility of IPL.