Royal Challengers Bangalore were again at the receiving end of a poor no-ball call in the 2019 Indian Premier League. Virat Kohli and Umesh Yadav were visibly frustrated by a no-ball that wasn’t as they faced off against Sunrisers Hyderabad in their last league game of the season at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Saturday.
Umesh Yadav’s penultimate ball of the last over of the SRH innings was signalled a no-ball by the umpire Nigel Llong. The only problem was that it wasn’t a no-ball but Nigel Llong saw it differently.
Television replays showed that Umesh’s back leg had landed behind the line but from the umpire’s point of view, it looked like the bowler’s foot was on the crease.
Umesh Yadav leaked 28 runs in the last over and that no-ball controversy left him visibly upset. Kane Williamson stayed unbeaten on 70 as SRH posted 175 for the loss of 7 wickets from their quota of 20 overs.
Umesh Yadav walked up to the umpire and had a quick chat with him but was told by Llong to continue with his over. RCB skipper Virat Kohli was also frustrated with the umpire’s call as he walked up to the pitch but chose not to engage with the officials.
The on-air commentators felt that the decision was a huge howler and decisions like these should be overturned with technological assistance.
This is the not the first time that Virat Kohli was left livid with a wrong no-ball call in the 2019 Indian Premier League.
Kohli fumed after an umpire failed to spot a clear no-ball by Lasith Malinga during the final over of RCB’s match against Mumbai Indians back on March 29.
RCB needed 7 off the final ball and unless Malinga bowled a no-ball or got hit for a six, MI were sure winners.
As it turned out, Shivam Dube did not score any runs off the last ball and MI won by 6 runs. The MI camp started celebrating and RCB accepted their fate before the big screen flashed the replays: Malinga had over-stepped! It was a no-ball and RCB should have had a free-hit.
Kohli saw the big screen and he was furious. He walked over to the presentation podium and lashed out at the umpiring blooper.
Not only Kohli, MS Dhoni who is generally known for keeping his calm, was furious and he stormed on the field of play after another no-ball controversy during Chennai Super Kings’ thrilling last-ball win over Rajasthan Royals on April 12.
CSK needed 18 off the last over and Ben Stokes was hit for a six by Ravindra Jadeja off the first ball of the 20th over. The next one was a no-ball and MS Dhoni managed two runs off the free-hit before being yorked out by Stokes.
Umpire Ulhas Gandhe signalled a no-ball on the fourth delivery of the over and it looked like Stokes had bowled too high. However, Bruce Oxenford standing at square leg said it was not a no-ball. Confusion ensued and Ravindra Jadeja, who was at the non-striker’s end got into an immediate argument with the umpires.
MS Dhoni came charging on to the field and argued with the umpires and animatedly pointed at Ulhas Gandhe, who looked visibly shaken.
But Oxenford was firm in his decision: it was not a no-ball.