Cricketers and fans are furious after the on-field umpire made a wrong ‘no-ball’ call during the match between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Mumbai Indians (MI) at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Wednesday in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018.
The particular incident took place in the fifth ball of the 16th over of Mumbai Indians’ innings when KKR’s bowler Tom Curran's legal delivery to MI skipper Rohit Sharma was wrongly adjudged a ‘no-ball’ for apparent overstepping by the on-field umpire KN Ananthapadmanabhan. Replays, however, showed that Curran's front foot was within the line and it wasn't a 'no-ball'.
After watching the replay, the play was briefly halted as Curran and KKR captain Dinesh Karthik went to speak to the umpire and raised the concern only to find out that it was too late to overturn the decision. The bizarre umpiring call gifted Mumbai Indians a wrong free hit and an extra run of it.
This wrong decision by the umpire triggered massive outrage among fans and cricketers alike. They lashed out at the umpire on social media for his error in judgment.
Former Australian captain Michael Clarke was among the cricketers who slammed the umpire for his wrong ‘no-ball’ call. Even KKR’s official Twitter account criticised the umpire’s glaring error.
Here are some Twitter reactions to the umpire’s wrong ‘no-ball’ call:
This is not the first time that umpiring has come under fire in IPL 2018. Earlier this month, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) cricketer Umesh Yadav might have lost his wicket in the match against Mumbai Indians after the third umpire reportedly saw the wrong replay to check on a no-ball on which Yadav was given out. This alleged error sent Twitter users into a frenzy.
Coming to the match, the Mumbai Indians defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 102 runs at Kolkata's Eden Gardens, following which the team climbed to the fourth spot in the points table. After losing the toss, Mumbai Indians were put to bat first and set a target of 211 runs for Kolkata Knight Riders. MI batsman Ishan Kishan scored a half-century in just 17 balls to guide MI to 210/6. He won the Man of the Match award for his blistering knock. In the second innings, MI bowled out KKR for 108 in 18.1 overs, recording their fifth win in the tournament.