Kolkata: Mumbai Indians (MI), on Wednesday, hammered Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Eden Gardens to jump to the fourth place in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 points table. While KKR’s performance was a cause of concern for their fans, what also irked the Twitterati, commentators and cricketers was a “disgrace” of an umpiring call.
On the fifth ball of the 16th over of MI’s innings, umpire KN Ananthapadmanabhan called a Tom Curran delivery to Rohit Sharma a no-ball for overstepping. However, subsequent replays showed that Curran’s foot had landed well within the lines, making it clear that the delivery was not a ‘no-ball’.
While KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik and Curran asked the umpires whether the decision can be overturned, the decision stayed and MI received a free-hit. Although Hardik Pandya, who faced the free-hit delivery, could only score a run off it, the decision did not please many.
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 9, 2018
The ‘no-ball’ that was not did not go down too well with former Australian skipper-turned-commentator Michael Clarke. He did not mince any words as he lashed out at the glaring error on Twitter, terming it a “disgrace” and “terrible call”.
That’s our job buddy, see it and make a call. Horrible umpiring on this occasion and with all the technology in our game these days it should be overturned https://t.co/1ovnOlac4H— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) May 9, 2018
Twitter users, including the official KKR team handle, were not too pleased with the call either as they criticised the umpire’s call.
How on earth is this a no-ball? Please call off the IPL and hand over the trophy to Mumbai Indians. pic.twitter.com/SaIRPhL5zT— Short-arm jabber (@mongoos_mande) May 9, 2018
— T A Ⓜ️ :-.) 🗡🔥 (@TrollajithFc) May 9, 2018
Subsequent movement after the first landing is irrelevant. You cannot call it as a No-ball. Case closed! https://t.co/ZyvW8PaINO— Dinesh (@Russetlane) May 9, 2018