Cricketers Slam Umpiring Howler In RCB vs MI IPL 2019 Match, Suggest Rule Change

Updated: 29 March 2019 14:38 IST

After RCB's defeat, Virat Kohli was left fuming, with replays showing that the umpires had missed a big no-ball on the last delivery by Mumbai Indians' Lasith Malinga.

Cricketers Slam Umpiring Howler In RCB vs MI IPL 2019 Match, Suggest Rule Change
Moments after the last ball in the RCB vs MI match, replays showed Lasith Malinga had overstepped © Twitter

Virat Kohli, speaking minutes after Royal Challengers Bangalore were beaten in a last-ball thriller by Mumbai Indians in controversial circumstances on Thursday, was not holding back any punches when he said, "We are not playing club cricket...The umpires should have their eyes open." His anger, brought about by a replay of the last ball on the giant screen - which showed that Lasith Malinga had significantly overstepped - has been echoed by several past and present cricketers since then.

Hosts Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) needed seven runs off the final ball but Shivam Dube failed to get the job done as Mumbai registered a six-run win, their first in IPL 2019. However, after the end of the match, replays showed that Malinga had overstepped by a big margin on the final ball but no call came from umpire S Ravi, a member of ICC's Elite Panel of International Umpires.

Things could have been very different had the umpire noticed the no-ball. If a single had been taken off the last ball and a no-ball called, RCB would have needed to score five runs off the final ball, which would have been a free-hit, with the man on strike AB de Villiers, batting on 71 off 41 balls.

What seems to be the lesson taken from Thursday's incident by most cricketers is that technology should be integrated into officiating more than it is now. Most have pointed to how a quick word from the third umpire, or an equivalent official in charge of monitoring video replays, into the umpire's ear could have prompted a quick review.

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Topics mentioned in this article Royal Challengers Bangalore Royal Challengers Bangalore Mumbai Indians Mumbai Indians Virat Kohli Virat Kohli Separamadu Lasith Malinga Lasith Malinga Abraham Benjamin de Villiers AB de Villiers IPL 2019 Cricket
Highlights
  • Mumbai Indians beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 6 runs
  • Umpires failed to spot that the last ball of the match was a no ball
  • Losing captain Virat Kohli was fuming after the match
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