Rishabh Pant was the epicenter of the first major controversy of the IPL 2022 as the Delhi Capitals skipper tried to call his batters back to the dugout.
The drama unfolds in the final over of the Delhi Capitals innings as Rishabh Pant asked his batters – Rowman Powell and Kuldeep Yadav back to the dugout after the umpires didn’t adjudge a delivery above the waist height no-ball.
The call changed the scenario of the game as Delhi Capitals needed 18 runs off the final three delivery at that time. However, with it being a legitimate delivery, it turned out to be a dot and Delhi Capitals got out of the game.
Rishabh Pant was fuming with the call and directed his players to get back to the dugout. However, the umpires interfered in between and directed the players to resume the match. Pant could also be seen involved in a heated exchange with Jos Buttler on the sidelines.
With 36 runs required in the last two overs, Prasidh Krishna delivered a brilliant wicket maiden to nail the match for Rajasthan Royals. However, Rowman Powell didn’t give up and thrashed Obed McCoy for three consecutive sixes on the first three deliveries of the next over.
With 18 runs required on the last three balls, McCoy delivered an above waist-height delivery which should have been called a no-ball. However, the umpire deemed it a legal delivery and Delhi Capitals’ protested against the decision.
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— Raju malekar (@raju__malekar) April 22, 2022
Here is how Twitterati reacted:
So umpires check no balls for front foot every ball, but can’t check a high full toss? Makes sense… pic.twitter.com/RUOX3Yh3YF
— Glenn Maxwell (@Gmaxi_32) April 22, 2022
Rishabh Pant said, "everyone was frustrated, it was a clear no ball. We were disappointed, but it's not in our control".
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) April 22, 2022
Umpiring has been so horrible, how could the umpire be so sure about that not being a no ball. Umpire’s ego should not be bigger than the game. Third umpire should have stepped in. Nonsense.
— Sushant Mehta (@SushantNMehta) April 22, 2022
What was third umpire doing ???
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) April 22, 2022
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) April 22, 2022
— Shivam Sharma (@imshivamsharma9) April 22, 2022
Shocking night. The umpiring has been worse than even gully-mohalla standard but Rishabh Pant had no business to suggest his batsmen to stage a walkout #DCvRR
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) April 22, 2022
Looking at the positive only, the post match interview of #Pant the Captain only goes to shows that he is now completely matured. Really enjoyed his interview with his balanced views on the game. Sky is the limit for him #RRvsDC
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) April 22, 2022
Talking about the match, Rajasthan Royals have clinched the thriller by 15 runs in the end. Led by Jos Buttler, the Royals posted a massive total of 222/3 in 20 overs. While Delhi Capitals tried their best to overhaul the target, they fell short in the end.
The Royals have now reached the top of the league standings with five wins and two losses in seven matches.