The wrong decisions by the umpires in the Indian Premier League are the reasons why umpires are receiving backlash. With the introduction of the Decision Review System (DRS), the teams can change the umpire’s decision but most of the time, an umpire’s wrong decision might play a negative role for a team’s win and defeat. And many a times, one wrong decision might turn the table.
In yesterdays’ IPL match between the Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore, several instances of bad umpiring were witnessed. Former cricketer Harbhajan Singh, who has recently retired from cricket is seen in the commentary box. The frequent wrong decisions by the umpires disappointed him he expressed it by saying: “Umpiring me maza nahi aa raha”.
“In a big tournament like this, the level of umpiring is very bad”: Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh was doing commentary during the first innings and a ball from RCB pacer Harshal Patel at the 9.5 over was given a wide ball. The ‘Turbanator’ wasn’t happy with the decision because the ball wasn’t a wide one. He couldn’t stop himself and said on-air that it was a bad decision by the umpire. Just because of the umpire, the bowler had to deliver an extra ball.
Devdutt Padikkal, who was batting at that time, hit the next ball of Patel but Virat Kohli, who was standing on the mid-off, caught it. While catching, a part of his hands touched the ground. Padikkal, who was walking back to the dressing room was stopped by the umpire to check if the ball had touched the ground or not. So, the decision of the dismissal was referred to the third umpire and it was given out.
Harbhajan Singh said in Hindi: “In a big tournament like this, the level of umpiring is very bad. Those umpires who are every experienced should be given the chance. Even though technology corrects the bad decision of the umpires, sometimes you justify the decision of the umpires (umpire call) as correct, it’s incomprehensible”. RR’s Jos Buttler was given out due to LBW in the 15th over but a DRS referral saved him.