Veteran Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh seems to have found a new lease of life since joining Mumbai Indians (MI) in the Indian Premier League. He marked his debut with the three-time champions with a half-century in his side's first fixture against Delhi Capitals (DC).
In MI's second fixture of the IPL 2019 season against RCB, Yuvi rolled back over the years as his quickfire knock helped his team to a good score, which eventually earned them their first win in this edition.
Coming to bat at No.4, the 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup winner showed he still has the talent within himself, as he scored a 12-ball 23. Though, the highlight of his knock was the fact that he hit RCB leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal for three sixes in a row.
The 37-year-old, after his third six, looked like he would recreate his six sixes in an over feat, which he did so against England in 2007. But in the fourth ball, Yuvi failed to get the proper connection, and was caught at long-off.
Apart from his hitting with the bat, the other talking point in the match was the no-ball which the umpires failed to notice in the final ball of the match.
The hosts needed seven runs to win in the final ball of the match, which was being bowled by Lasith Malinga, and Shivam Dube was at strike 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."