The umpiring standards have gained a lot of limelight in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League for all the wrong reasons. Be it the third umpire or the on-field umpires, everyone has erred multiple times this season by taking some controversial decisions. The 2nd ‘El Clasico’ of the season could not escape the pathetic umpiring as the game between CSK and Mumbai Indians began in a controversial manner.
Once the dust settled in from the first innings, the umpire Ravikant Reddy got bullied by the CSK players into changing the wide signal to out in a fraction with a loud appeal.
On Thursday night, Mumbai and Chennai Super Kings rekindled their famed rivalry by locking horns at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. However, the game kickstarted in a controversial manner as the umpire Ravikant Reddy adjudged Devon Conway LBW out of Daniel Sams’ bowling.
The ball was clearly drifting down the leg and missing the stumps but the umpire Ravikant Reddy raised his finger in a flash. Conway tried to take to the DRS against the decision but the technology wasn’t available for the first four overs of the game courtesy of a technical glitch. The decision triggered CSK’s downfall as they were bundled out for just 97 runs in 16 overs.
CSK players pressurize the umpire Ravikant Reddy; he changes his signal from wide ball to out
Defending the low total, Chennai Super Kings tried their best with the new ball and reduced Mumbai Indians to 33/4 in 5 overs. In the 6th over, the batter Hrithik Shokeen tried to nudge a Simarjeet’s inswinger to the leg side but missed it completely.
The whole CSK team went up in the unison and just when the umpire was about to signal it a wide, he raised his finger under pressure. The batter asked for the DRS and it confirmed nothing on the bat to reverse the decision and extended the umpire Ravikant Reddy’s terrible day in the office.
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