Mumbai, April 23: Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant came under fire on social media on Friday night for apparently gesturing to his batsmen Rovman Powell and Kuldeep Yadav to leave the field because umpires had refused to seek input from the official video about what they claimed. a waist-high no-ball thrown by Obed McCoy of Rajasthan Royals in the final of his ICB 2022 shock.
The IPL 2022 match between Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals was plunged into controversy on Friday night over a debatable waist-high no-ball that was declared legal by referees but was contested by the national capital team.
Television footage showed the Delhi Capitals captain gesturing for Powell and Yadav to get up from the ground in protest, thus losing the match. However, common sense prevailed with Capitals assistant coach Shane Watson and a few other players making sure Pant calmed down and hitters stayed on the ground.
Chasing a huge target of 223 in 20 overs, Delhi Capitals needed 36 runs from six deliveries with two wickets in hand. His West Indies hitman Rovman Powell hammered the first two deliveries, poor completions, thrown by Obed McCoy for two sixes and imposed the same treatment on the third delivery, which his partner on the non-forward side felt he was above. the waist and therefore a no-ball.
The referee at the end of the bow, Nitin Menon, thought otherwise and allowed it as a legal tackle, a decision that caused the entire Delhi Capitals bench to howl in protest. Pant even sent Delhi Capitals coach Pravin Amre on a walk to argue with the referees and impress upon them the need to refer him to the third referee, disregarding rules that do not allow such decisions to be reviewed by the third referee.
The umpires on the field were firm in their interpretation of the rules and did not rule it a no-ball. The match went on and Powell was unable to hit any more sixes as the Delhi Capitals finished with 15 short runs.
Netizens reacted aggressively in favor of both sides: Pant for standing up to his players while others were seeking BCCI action against him.
“What happened today in #DCvsRR was a disgrace. #RishabhPant should be reprimanded for his behavior. It’s not like they lost by 1 race and it was the final. Even then it’s unacceptable,” one fan tweeted.
Another person going by Majid Za (@iammajidzz) tweeted: “Whatever happened was not a good thing. However, the #referees were also the worst. These need to be referred to the 3rd referee and confirmed with ball tracking.” . #RishabhPant’s anger is not the issue.” Another fan, Chandrakiran, said @TheChandrakiran. “#RishabhPant just overrated as always! Even the great Sachin Tendulkar used to retire if he wasn’t really out due to arbitration, never think of making him #Indiacaptain.” Shane Watson later said: “Delhi Capitals do not tolerate what happened at the end. We have to accept the referees’ decision whether it is correct or not. It is not good if someone (is) running on the pitch.” .” Similarly, former England captain Kevin Pietersen, who is an expert commentator for the official broadcaster, said that “Rishabh Pant calling the batsmen and the manager coming onto the field to stop the play was unacceptable. I hope I never see this kind of thing again.”
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