A livid Virat Kohli has ripped into umpire S Ravi who failed to spot a no-ball by Lasith Malinga in the final ball of RCB's unsuccessful run chase against MI at the Chinaswamy stadium on Thursday.
In the final ball of the match, the hosts needed 7 runs to win, with Shivam Dube on strike and a well-set AB de Villiers at the other end. Malinga bowled a yorker which the batsman could only hit to long on for a single, meaning the visitors won the fixture by 5 runs.
But the replays showed how the MI veteran had stepped his foot well clear of the line, and how the umpire had failed to spot it. All this was shown on the big screen at the stadium, and was at view for Kohli to see.
Following the fixture, at the post-match conference, the RCB skipper had no qualms in calling out the poor umpiring standard which was on display at the Chinaswamy stadium.
"We are playing at IPL level, not club cricket," said Kohli before adding, "That's just a ridiculous call off the last ball. The umpires should have their eyes open, it was a no-ball by an inch. It's a completely different game altogether [if there was the extra delivery]. So if it's a game of margins, I don't know what's happening. They should have been more sharp and more careful out there."
Even his opposite number, Rohit Sharma, endorsed Kohli's views, and suggested that such mistakes hamper what are otherwise close contests.
"These kinds of mistakes are not good for the game of cricket. The over before that, Bumrah bowled a ball which wasn't a wide ball [which was given wide]. They have to watch what is happening. The players can't do much about it. Just walk off and shake hands. It is disappointing to see that, but I hope they can rectify their mistakes like we do," said the MI skipper.
The visitors, batting first, posted 187 for 8 in their 20 overs, with Rohit, Surya Kumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh and Hardik Pandya all playing their part with the bat.
In reply, RCB looked on course to chase the target when Kohli, who looked ever-so good, and de Villiers were at the crease. But once the RCB skipper was dismissed, things got tricky.
Despite de Villiers going berserk after his skipper's dismissal, the hosts were behind the target, and ended up needing 17 in the final over, which was to be bowled by Malinga. Even though Shivam Dube hit six of the very first ball, RCB failed to get the other runs and fell short by 5 runs.