The Indian Premier League is underway with a bang, and already the amount of excitement the tournament has brought in with just its second game being played on Sunday, is just unbelievable. We already witnessed a high voltage match on Sunday, between the Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab, which went all the way down to a Super Over, with the Delhi Capitals eventually having the last laugh in the game.
Well, just as the match ended with a nail biting finish, a controversy has risen up, questioning the on-field umpire Nitin Menon’s call for a one-run short against Chris Jordan in the 19th over of the Kings XI chase.
The incident took place in the penultimate over of the Punjab innings, when Mayank Agarwal tapped a quick ball from Kagiso Rabada towards the mid-on for a comfortable two-run. Just after the batsmen completed their quick two runs, the on-field umpire Nitin Menon, who was stationed at square leg then, deemed it to be a short run on Jordan’s end, while the TV replays later confirmed that Jordan had turned for a second only after putting his bat inside the crease for the first run.
The match eventually ended in a tie with Kings XI Punjab still needing one run for victory, thereby forcing the match into a Super Over, which the Kings XI went on to lose.
Now, since the match has ended, fans and cricketers around the world have started to question the umpiring standards and umpiring errors affecting a game. People have taken to social media to show their displeasure over the umpiring failure in such a crunch moment of the game.
Former India opener Virender Sehwag, who was also a part of the Kings XI Punjab for a few seasons, took to Twitter and was clear enough to express his displeasure over the incident. “I don’t agree with the man of the match choice . The umpire who gave this short run should have been man of the match. Short Run nahin tha. And that was the difference. #DCvKXIP”, the former swashbuckling opener wrote.
Now the Kings XI Punjab management have also lodged an appeal to the match referee of Sunday’s game, Javagal Srinath over the same issue, which they believe was an ‘erroneous line call’. The Kings XI Punjab CEO, Satish Menon believes that the ‘short run’ call cost them the game on Sunday night. Speaking to a leading media agency, Menon confirmed that they have appealed to the match referee about the incident on Sunday night. “While a human error can happen and we understand that, there is no room for human errors like these in a world-class tournament like the IPL.”, the Kings XI CEO said.
Further saying that this one loss could cost their team a playoff berth, the Kings XI CEO hoped that the rules get reviewed in order to make sure that there is no margin for human error.
According to the rules of both ICC and the IPL, the on-field umpires can use the assistance of a third umpire only in cases of possible dismissal or a boundary decision which is unclear. So, there was no way under the present rules, that the on-field umpire could have sought the third umpire’s inputs in the case of Chris Jordan. The third umpire also cannot get into the game without being asked by the on-field umpires of the players using a DRS(Decision Review System). The only exception to this is the front foot no-ball calls, which nowadays are completely under the control of the third umpire, and as soon as the bowler oversteps the line, a buzzer sound goes around the stadium.
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