IPL 2019: Rohan Gavaskar says that every ball must be checked by the third umpire for no-ball
The on-field umpire made a blunder in the last ball of the MI-RCB game.
Updated - Mar 29, 2019 8:20 pm
The IPL 2019 has just begun and yet it has come into infamy thanks to two very damning incidents that have shaken the cricketing world. The first incident happened when Ravi Ashwin of KXIP decided to Mankad RR’s Jos Buttler in what turned out to be a game-changing moment, leading to a victory for KXIP. Jos Buttler was left fuming when he was run out as he left the return crease at the non-striker’s end.
The second instance happened in last night’s match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians. Mumbai needed 17 runs to win off the last over and Malinga was hit for a six off the first ball, but the veteran bowler kept his cool and bought the equation to 7 off the last ball and Malinga’s full delivery resulted in a dot-ball and RCB lost by 6 runs.
However, in the moment of absolute neglect, the on-field umpire S Ravi had missed that Malinga had overstepped while bowling the last ball, which should have been called a no-ball and would have given RCB another chance at going for the win, off the free hit. RCB captain Virat Kohli was fuming and even coaching staff had an animated discussion with the umpires.
Rohan Gavaskar provides a solution to this problem
Former India player Rohan Gavaskar, who has turned to commentary recently in a video posted by CricketNext, opined that every ball bowled by the bowler should be checked by the third umpire upstairs, to avoid such misses in future.
“What a humdinger of a game, down to the wire, the last ball, anything could have happened. Then the no-ball controversy at the end. I have been saying it for the years, that every ball bowled by the bowler should be adjudged by the third umpire. The 3rd umpire is asked to adjudicate anyways when umpire have doubt in their mind if there is a no ball, just do it every delivery,” Gavaskar was quoted as saying in the video.
“If a wicket had fallen off the last ball, the umpire would have definitely gone to the third umpire to check. The wicket didn’t fall, the no-ball was missed and so was the chance to win the game. I am sure this has happened 4-5 times in a game,” he added.
“Time has come now for the batting team to tell the non-striker to keep an eye on the bowler and if he has bowled a no ball and if he is bowling a no ball, have a word with the umpire and got upstairs to the third umpire. I think team and coaches should the batsmen to keep an eye on the bowler bowling a no ball. More than that, the time has come for the third umpire to check every ball bowled by the bowler,” Gavaskar was seen saying.