In the game of cricket, where the players are ones who steal the limelight, the job an umpire is a thankless one. While seldom people appreciate the numerous correct decisions made by an umpire, nobody spares them when they make an error.
However, in the tenth edition of the IPL, the standard of umpiring has deteriorated as compared to previous seasons, with too many glaring mistakes occurring from the two personnel out in the middle. Such has been the frequency of wrong decisions, that calls for DRS in IPL are getting more strengthened day by day.
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With many umpiring howlers happening in IPL 10 so far, we take a look at five of them- which were not only bizarre but also game-changing –
David Warner (SRH) vs MI [Umpire- Nitin Menon and CK Nandan]
We start our list with the most shocking and weirdest amongst the lot. Interestingly this is not a scenario of an umpire giving a g wrong decision. SRH skipper Warner and Dhawan were trying to step on the accelerator against MI at the Wankhede. David Warner had smashed the final delivery of 6th over for a boundary. As Mitchell McClenaghan prepared to bowl the first ball of 7th over, it was the Aussie opener again taking guard! Surprisingly the incident went unnoticed from the umpires and Warner enjoyed an extra ball.
Warner played the last ball of the 6th over…hit a boundary. And then played the 1st ball of the 7th over. How on earth is that possible???
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) April 12, 2017
Robin Uthappa (KKR) vs SRH [Umpire – Anil Dandekar]
Well, in terms of impact this should top the list. In at No.3 after Sunil Narine’s wicket, Robin Uthappa edged the very first ball he faced off Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. While there was a significant deflection and loud noise, the entire SRH team stood stunned as Anil Dandekar ruled that not out.
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) April 15, 2017
SRH had every reason to be livid with the umpire as Player of the Match Uthappa went on to make a brilliant 68, which proved to instrumental in the defending champions’ loss against the two-time champions.
Jos Buttler (MI) vs RPS [Umpire- S Ravi]
— Ben Page (@PageB95) April 9, 2017
It was only the second game of the tournament. MI were in a tricky situation after captain Rohit Sharma was dismissed for 3. A lot depended on Jos Buttler who was going great guns with 38 off 18 balls. A delivery from Imran Tahir which skidded on the surface, hit Butler’s inside edge before crashing on his pads. It was a big shock for the hosts as the umpire raised his finger instantly after the appeal. A wrong decision, which perhaps set the tone for the remainder of the competition.
Kieron Pollard (MI) vs RPS [Umpire- S Ravi]
When it comes to LBW decisions, can MSD ever get them wrong?
This too occurred in the second match and right after the Bulter incident. Maybe trying to compensate for his earlier mistake, umpire Ravi gave the decision in Pollard’s favour after he was trapped plumb in front of the wicket off an Imran Tahir delivery. When a prolonged appeal from the bowler, keeper Dhoni and other fielders yielded no results, MSD sarcastically signalled for DRS, which later he was reprimanded for. Replays showed the ball hit the pad first and would have gone on to hit the stumps too, but Ravi chose to even things out first!
Rohit Sharma (MI) vs KKR [Umpire- CK Nandan]
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) April 9, 2017
Though Mumbai continued their supremacy against the Kolkata Knight Riders, Rohit Sharma was furious after he was adjudged LBW off Sunil Narine even when the ball hit the bat first, something which umpire Nandan failed to spot. Undergoing a lean patch, Rohit returned for only 2 but made gestures towards the umpire before walking off. As a result, he was reprimanded by the match referee.