Fans name Vineet Kulkarni the MoM on CSK's behalf after he missed a no-ball call

Fans name Vineet Kulkarni the MoM on CSK’s behalf after he missed a no-ball call

CSK beat SRH by 4 runs in a last over thriller.

Vineet Kulkarni
Vineet Kulkarni. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Chennai Super Kings met the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 20th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018. Both the teams have been in a really good touch this season and thus the contest was expected to be evenly fought. It panned out true to the expectations of the fans and went down to the wire. Ultimately CSK won the game by 4 runs but it was umpire Vineet Kulkarni’s decision that stole a lot of limelight.

Kulkarni is a very popular umpire in India also for his weakness to crumble under pressure. After the end of 16 overs, SRH had a tall ask ahead of them. They needed 52 runs to win from 24 balls but with skipper Kane Williamson and the big-hitting Yusuf Pathan in the middle, the game was pretty much in balance. Shardul Thakur bowling the 17th attempted a Yorker on the 2nd ball to Williamson and it ended up as a full toss.

It was clearly above the waist of the batsman but the square leg umpire who has the responsibility of keeping a check on the same didn’t call it. Kulkarni either missed out on judging the height of that ball or was unsure if it was over the waist. Williamson couldn’t believe it and even gestured that it was above the waistline.

SRH didn’t get the extra run or the free hit and though Yusuf hit the next ball from Thakur for a huge six over the bowler’s head their effort in the end just fell short. Sunrisers needed 19 runs to win from the last 6 balls and Dwayne Bravo gave away 14 thus CSK took the two points and sit pretty at the top of the points table.

However, the decision didn’t go down well with the fans who termed Kulkarni the worst umpire, some claimed that he was wearing a CSK jersey inside and a few also stated that he should’ve been awarded the Man of the Match for doing well on CSK’s behalf.

Here are some of the reactions: