The quality of umpiring has been poor in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League. In one of the matches between KKR and PBKS, Rahul Tripathi took a low catch to dismiss KL Rahul but the third ruled in favour of the batter after the on-field umpires were not able to come to a conclusion.
Another such incident took place in the ongoing match between Punjab Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Devdutt Padikkal was the batter and K Srinivasan was the third umpire on this occasion.
The left-handed batter was not able to play Ravi Bishnoi’s googlies properly and tried to play a reverse sweep to break the shackles. But he missed the shot and the ball landed in the hands of KL Rahul.
The on-field umpire didn’t give the batsman out and the PBKS skipper decided to go for a review. The ultra edge showed a spike when the ball went past the gloves and the decision should have been reversed.
However, the third umpire said: “There is no bat involved.” He didn’t consider the spike off the glove and directed the on-field umpire K Ananthapadmanabhan to stay with his decision. KL Rahul was not happy as Punjab lost their only review due to a completely wrong decision. Fans and cricket experts slammed the third umpire for making a blunder.
Who trains umpires in India? Why have they been so incompetent for so many years, with the odd exception. How can they not be properly trained for a tournament as big as the IPL? Just baffles me. #IPL2021 #RCBvPBKS
— Raunak Kapoor (@RaunakRK) October 3, 2021
Now y'all understand what he meant. pic.twitter.com/1cTLXSf2as
— Heisenberg ☢ (@internetumpire) October 3, 2021
Sack the 3rd umpire immediately #SelectDugout
What a joke!
— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) October 3, 2021
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 3, 2021
What qualifies as a spike on Ultra Edge? #RCBvsPBKS
— S.Badrinath (@s_badrinath) October 3, 2021