No reports against the umpires over Lasith Malinga’s no-ball controversy
RCB skipper Virat Kohli was livid at the incident and did not mince his words at the post-match presentation ceremony.
Updated - Mar 30, 2019 6:44 pm
There has been no adverse report against on-field umpires Sundaram Ravi and C Nandan by BCCI match referee Manu Nayyar, an IPL official confirmed on Friday. The two umpires were involved in the controversy-marred IPL match between the Mumbai Indians and the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Thursday, wherein a no-ball decision not given on the last ball left a bad taste in everyone’s mouths.
Chasing Mumbai’s score of 187, RCB had 7 runs to win off the final delivery by Lasith Malinga to Shivam Dube, with the in-form AB de Villiers at the non-striker’s end. Dube played the ball to the deep but took no run as it was evident that the game was lost. However, replays showed that Malinga had overstepped considerably, but the call was not taken by umpire Ravi. At such an important juncture, the call could have had a deciding say in the outcome.
RCB skipper Virat Kohli was livid at the incident and did not mince his words at the post-match presentation ceremony. “We are playing at IPL level, not club cricket. That’s just a ridiculous call off the last ball. The umpires should have their eyes open, it was a no-ball by an inch. It’s a completely different game altogether. They should have been more sharp and careful out there”. His counterpart Rohit Sharma was critical of the umpiring as well.
IPL official rubbishes reports of Kohli barging in match referee’s room
Reports were then rife that Kohli had barged into referee Nayyar’s room after the incident, but the IPL official rubbished those claims. “The reports of Kohli barging in match referee’s room and all that published in a website is a figment of the imagination. Nothing of that sort happened. Once Virat said what he had to during the presentation ceremony, why does he even need to go to Nayyar? He made it clear what he felt about umpiring”, the official said as quoted by the Sportstar.
He added that Ravi and Kohli had sorted out the matter amongst themselves, saying, “Virat was upset and told Ravi that this no-ball cost them dearly. Ravi expressed his regret and admitted that he didn’t take the right decision at that moment.” Nayyar has also not given a reproving report according to the official. “Nayyar’s report is also not very critical,” is what he had to say.