The 48th match of the Indian Premier League between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Punjab Kings started with RCB skipper Virat Kohli winning the toss and opting to bat first at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Sunday. The first match of the double-header day kicked off in an emphatic fashion as Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal put up a brilliant show with the bat in the first 6 overs by adding 55 runs.
The very next over, which was bowled by Harpreet Brar, gave RCB 2 runs but what happened in the over following it definitely tarnished the image of the marquee event, courtesy of the poor umpiring that was on display at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. It was the third ball of the over bowled by Ravi Bishoi when the overall drama took place. After already playing two dot balls in the over, a desperate Padikkal went for a reverse sweep, however, he fail to connect it with perfection and wicketkeeper KL Rahul comfortably collected the ball behind the stumps and started running in joy as he felt Padikkal had nicked the ball.
The ground umpire wasn’t on the same page and hence the PBKS skipper challenged the decision via review. What happened next was forgettable. Despite finding a clear spike on the snickometer, third umpire Krishnamachari Srinivasan gave the verdict in favour of the batter, adjudging it not out.
The decision was nothing less than a blunder and a visibly unsatisfied KL Rahul went to the ground umpire to discuss the same. Apparently, the umpire tried to explain to Rahul that it was a verdict given by the third umpire and he couldn’t have done anything on that. Though Rahul went back to his wicketkeeping position after this, the netizens didn’t spare a moment and started shooting their displeasure.
Here are some of them:
Sack the 3rd umpire immediately #SelectDugout
What a joke!
— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) October 3, 2021
If ever there was a time to do a Shakib and throw the stumps down…..#RCBvsPBKS
— Rohit Sankar (@imRohit_SN) October 3, 2021
— Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) October 3, 2021
WTF? How is that not out?
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) October 3, 2021
I tweeted this in 2018. Every year, incompetent umpires get high profile, high paying IPL gigs. Nandan, Vineet Kulkarni & many others in the past. Dandekar the other night, K Srinivasan today. This does damage the IPL's credibility. Someone at the BCCI needs to sort this out. https://t.co/BzFQBZmLDf
— Raunak Kapoor (@RaunakRK) October 3, 2021
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 3, 2021
What in the hell was that?? A clear spike and the third umpire gives it not out? HORRIBLE!!
— Srini Mama (@SriniMaama16) October 3, 2021