Indian Premier League (IPL) has always been under the scanner for many things and umpiring is one of such things. Recently, the umpiring standards in the IPL 2018 came under scanner under the Sunrisers Hyderabad vs. Chennai Super Kings match on Sunday.
Umpire Vineet Kulkarni missed a genuine no-ball towards the fag end of the SRH innings, causing the SRH team to lose the match by four runs. The hosts would have got an extra run and a free hit and who knows, they could have also gone over the rope if the no-ball was called.
SRH team management too was upset and mentioned the error of the leg-umpire in the captain’s report. “Even the SRH players were quite disturbed about the fact that the umpire missed out on a genuine no-ball. There is no denying the fact that errors happen, but when there is technology available, the umpires should take help in case of doubt. This is happening too often in IPL,” a source added.
SRH team manager also met match referee Sunil Chaturvedi right after the game, but it wasn’t revealed what transpired between them. “If such an error goes unnoticed, it has to be mentioned by someone,” the source insisted.
The matter came to head in the 17th over when Shardul Thakur bowled a full toss over waist high to Kane Williamson. The leg-umpires have been given the right to call no-balls and check bouncers. However, Kulkarni didn’t call it a no-ball and also didn’t check with the TV umpires.
Williamson was surprised to see the decision, but decided not to make an issue out of it.