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.