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These mistakes aren’t good for game: Rohit Sharma after a massive umpiring goof-up

"Those are game-changers."

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. (Photo Source: IANS)

A grave blunder by the umpire S Ravi in the final ball of the thrilling Indian Premier League (IPL) contest between the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Mumbai Indians (MI) at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Thursday saw the hosts losing the game by six runs. And the captains of both the sides were displeased over the fact. While Virat Kohli was left fuming, his counterpart Rohit Sharma also felt that such mistakes shouldn’t happen as they completely change games.

A game-changing no-ball that went unnoticed

Sri Lankan veteran Lasith Malinga bowled the final over of the RCB innings in which they required 17 runs to reach the target of 188. Shivam Dube, who is from Mumbai and playing in his first IPL, started off with a six and kept the side’s hope alive. Kohli’s team required seven runs off the final delivery and Malinga overstepped while bowling it, yet escaping the umpire’s notice.

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Had the delivery been called an invalid one, RCB would have got one run with six needed in the last ball- the free hit. With the dashing AB de Villiers (70 not out) batting at the other end, the home team had all the reason to believe that they could win. “It’s not club cricket,” said a livid Kohli after the match.

“I just got to know when we crossed the rope. Somebody just told me it was a no-ball. These kind of mistakes are not good for the game of cricket, it’s pretty simple. The over before that Bumrah bowled a ball which wasn’t wide. Those are game-changers. There’s a TV up there, they have to watch what’s happening. It is as simple as that.

“Players can’t do much. The only thing they can do is walk off and shake hands because it was the last ball. It’s disappointing to see that. I hope they rectify their mistakes like we do when we make mistakes,” Rohit said during the post-match presentation.

It was MI’s first win this season after the 37-run defeat they suffered against Delhi Capitals in the first game. The RCB, on the other hand, have lost both the games played so far.

Barring the last ball goof-up, Malinga bowled a brilliant last over despite conceding a six in the first ball and backed the ever-reliable Bumrah (3 for 20) who bowled tight in the death overs as well. Rohit praised both as brilliant.

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