The 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) came to a conclusion yesterday with Mumbai Indians winning the 4th IPL title to make it a record. It was a splendid performance by Mumbai which saw them prevail in a nail-biting thriller. During the course of the tournament, there have been several impressive performances but it has been some of the umpiring howlers which hs hogged the limelight.
Now with the tournament coming to a conclusion, let us have a look at 5 umpiring howlers in the tournament.
Wide not given in the final
Kieron Pollard was extremely disappointed as the on-field umpire Nitin Menon as he didn’t call wide when a delivery from Dwayne Bravo was way outside the tram line. There was certainly no doubt about the fact it was a wide delivery but what was going through the umpire’s mind, only he can clarify but it was a howler to say the least.
Kieron Pollard moved way past the wide line near the off stump before pulling out of the shot. It was an unpleasant reaction by Pollard but an umpire officiating in a final of a tournament must also be careful of giving these decisions.
No ball of Lasith Malinga not called
It was one of the worst decisions in the tournament especially given the fact that it totally changed the outcome of the match. Royal Challengers needed 7 runs to win from the final delivery. Malinga bowled a perfect delivery to eventually hand MI a 5 runs victory.
However when replays were displayed it clearly suggested that it was a front foot no ball and RCB skipper Virat Kohli was visibly upset with the decision during the post-match presentation
“We are playing at the IPL level and not playing club cricket. The umpires should have their eyes open. That is a ridiculous call at the last ball,” Virat Kohli had said after the match. “If it is a game of margins, I don’t know what is happening. They should have been more sharp and careful out there.”
A non-existing no ball
Royal Challengers Bangalore were at the receiving end of yet another umpiring howler when a legal delivery from Umesh Yadav was called a no-ball by the on-field umpire. It came in RCB’s final league game against the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Umesh Yadav was charging in for the final over. However, in the 5th delivery, the onfield umpire adjudged a no-ball which wasn’t quite there. Replays showed that Umesh was well within the tram line.
MS Dhoni loses cool
The match took place between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals when MS Dhoni lost his cool and came out running into the field to argue on a decision with the on-field umpires. Dhoni has been a cool and calm skipper for a long time. He has hardly lost his cool in the cricket pitch. However, that was one side of Dhoni which not many would have seen.
CSK needed to score 18 runs in the final over and that is when the drama started. After Ben Stokes castled MS Dhoni, the 4th delivery of the over was adjudged a no-ball by Ulhas Gandhe. However, after consulting with Bruce Oxenford, it was not deemed any ball which made MS Dhoni furious.