There is a lot of excitement going around cricket fans and enthusiasts. IPL Qualifiers have kicked off since yesterday with the eliminator being played today.
In today’s match between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Kolkata Knight Riders, the RCB captain Virat Kohli was fuming while talking to the umpires. He deliberately threw the ball in anger as he argued with on-field umpire Virender Sharma. He gave three crucial incorrect decisions against the Bangalore outfit. Thanks to the aid of technology (DRS), those decisions were reversed. But unbiased umpiring is in the spirit of the game, and calling three incorrect decisions cannot be called a mere mistake.
Kohli had earlier announced that this would be his last stint as the captain of the franchise. However, he promised that he would continue to play for the franchise. In what could be his final match as a captain, he took to the umpire Virender Sharma and let him know about the substandard level of umpiring taking place. Three LBW decisions were given against his team.
For the third call, Virender gave a not-out signal against Rahul Tripathi when he was hit on the pads by Chahal. The hawk-eye showed that the ball was hitting the stumps. Virat was overjoyed as he vented out his frustration towards the umpire. After the over, the umpire went to Kohli for a chat. He is likely to face some repercussions.
The first two of the three blunders happened when RCB was batting. Ahmed and Patel were both given out through LBW. The ball had hit the bat before hitting the pad, in both cases.
Sunil Narine proved to be the X-Factor as he took a four-wicket haul in the first innings. In the second innings, his fearless batting eventually took KKR over the line. They will now face DC in Qualifier 2. Here’s how Twitter reacted.
ICC needs to look at the rule, one run less for #RCB as the umpire called it out but it was not out after the DRS for LBW.— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) October 11, 2021
The umpire decision has cost RCB 2 runs tonight. First the LBW of Shahbaz Ahmed and now the LBW of Harshal Patel, both turned out to be spike on the bat.— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) October 11, 2021
Sunil Gavaskar says, “He is an umpire, he doesn’t need to give an explanation.” backing Virender sharma is next level of stupidity. Looks like old age has caught up with his brain #RCBvsKKR— Akash Kriplani (@kriptweets) October 11, 2021
How about umpire not adjudging the batsman out leg before wicket till the ball becomes dead? Currently the ball becomes dead as soon as the umpire gives out. Anything that happens later is inconsequential. This law has to change.Every run matters. It could cost some team a title— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) October 11, 2021