IPL 2019: Umpiring Isn’t an Easy Job Feels Zaheer Khan
Former India speedster Zaheer Khan and currently the director of operations at the Mumbai Indians, Zaheer has offered sympathy to the umpires after a chaotic situation last night when MS Dhoni walked out to the ground to have an animated discussion with the on-field umpires surrounding a controversial no-ball call. It was the very first time that MS Dhoni in his captaincy career lost his cool receded to the ground with an angry look to his face.
It was the last over the match between Rajasthan Royals and the Chennai Super Kings when the umpiring decision by U Gandhe left the Chennai Super Kings players baffled. As Ben Stokes bowled the 4th delivery of the over, the arms of U Gandhe went up as he signalled a no ball. However the leg umpire Bruce Oxenford never gave it a no-ball which prompted the main umpire to change his decision.
However, the signal of no ball was given by the umpire and that is when Dhoni lost his cool and walked straight on to the ground to inquire about the situation. The replays showed that the ball was slightly above the waist and should have been called a no-ball. However, as a viewer, I feel the 3rd umpire should have consulted. With all due to respect to MS Dhoni, he had no right to charge on to the field and it will be a matter of discussion for a long time.
Zaheer Khan came out in support of the umpires and stated that putting more pressure on the umpires will make their job more difficult and in the process, they might end up giving more bad decisions.
Well, I think a lot of things have improved and there is always room for improvement. So, in terms of standards of umpiring, it’s not an easy job and more pressure you put on them, it’s going to be even more difficult. So that’s something which we all need to be aware of, you know, as long as the right call has been made it’s fine.
Yes in this tournament so far we have seen few incidents where things have gone a little out of hand, but as long as umpiring is consistent throughout the game, then it should be ok.” There is a thought that one way to avoid controversy is that all no-balls should now be referred to the third umpire.,” Zaheer Khan was quoted as saying by the Times of India.
It was during the earlier group match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians when Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma publicly criticised the umpiring. Lasith Malinga bowled a no-ball in the last delivery of the match when 6 was required. However, the call was not made by the umpire. Virat Kohli lashed out at the umpires and said it was not a club match and the umpires should have been more careful.
On this aspect, Zaheer Khan feels that whenever the on-field umpire has any confusion surrounding the decision.
“The no-ball, it has been referred to the third umpire on many occasions, especially, you see the game has stopped after a wicket has fallen. The umpire (is just) making sure (about the line). So the measures have been taken through that and there is some room of improvements, for sure. As long as everyone is working in that direction, it should be okay,” Zaheer Khan concluded.
Mumbai Indians are currently on a winning juggernaut after registering a hat-trick of victories. Their bowling department has lacked venom on occasions but their batting has got them through on at least a couple of occasions. Kieron Pollard played a gem of a knock as he smashed 83 of 31 deliveries to get them over the line.
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