IPL 2019: Livid Virat Kohli stormed into match referee’s room after umpires missed a no-ball
S Ravi missed the all-important in the final over which has created controversy now.
Updated - Mar 29, 2019 1:33 pm
The game between the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and the Mumbai Indians (MI) went down to the last ball and it ended with the controversy. The umpire S Ravi failed to spot the no-ball which Lasith Malinga bowled in the last delivery of the final delivery. It only came to know after the broadcaster showed it on the big screen when the players from both the teams were shaking the hands. Expectedly, the RCB skipper Virat Kohli was livid.
He expressed his displeasure in the post-match presentation ceremony and according to the reports in Times Now, barged into the match referee’s room soon after that. It has also been learnt that Kohli used abusive language and shouted expletives while also telling the match referee Manu Nayyar that he doesn’t care if he is penalised for violating the code of conduct.
Had the no-ball been called, RCB would’ve needed 5 runs from the last ball with that being a free-hit and AB de Villiers, who was batting on 70, on the strike. Anything could’ve happened then with the Proteas star on fire.
Kohli slams massive umpiring error
Both the teams saw the blunder committed by the umpires on the field itself and Virat Kohli slammed the umpires right away in the presentation ceremony. He felt that umpires should’ve been more proactive and sharp in such close games.
“We are playing at IPL level, not club cricket. That is just a ridiculous call off the last ball. The umpires should have their eyes open, it was a no-ball by an inch. It is a completely different game altogether [if there was the extra delivery]. They should have been sharper and more careful out there,” he said.
Rohit Sharma also echoed the same views and felt that such mistakes despite the technology being available are not at all good for the game. “Honestly, I just got to know after crossing the rope that it was a no-ball. These kind of mistakes are not good for the game,” Rohit said.