IPL 2017 April 21, 2017

A howler barrage

ESPNcricinfo staff
The IPL has seen its share of poor umpiring decisions over the years, but the frequency of those this season has been rather alarming. Here are some of the more glaring ones.
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David Warner talks to the umpire after Robin Uthappa was given not out © BCCI

Robin Uthappa declared not out off Basil Thampi, Kolkata Knight Riders v Gujarat Lions

For the second time in the tournament Uthappa was given a reprieve. Thampi struck him in front of middle with a full ball that was going to crash into leg stump, but Nitin Menon, the umpire, didn't even seem to contemplate giving it out, instead moving quickly to get into position to adjudicate on a possible run-out. The ball had hit Uthappa, who was batting on 71, on the back foot, which made it even more puzzling that the umpire had dismissed the appeal so quickly. Luckily for Lions, the decision didn't prove too costly as Uthappa added just one more run to his score. Menon was nominated by the BCCI, last year, to be part of the ICC's international panel of umpires, but this was the third howler he has been involved in this IPL.

Manan Vohra declared not out off Mohammad Nabi, Sunrisers Hyderabad v Kings XI Punjab

Vohra played one of the innings of the tournament against Sunrisers, getting 95 off 50 balls, but he should have been dismissed when he was on 32. Nabi hit him in on the pads in front of off stump, and it looked like the ball would hit middle. But Anil Dandekar, the umpire, reacted to the appeal by smiling at the bowler and suggesting there had been an edge. Replays confirmed there wasn't one.

Robin Uthappa declared not out off Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kolkata Knight Riders v Sunrisers Hyderabad

Uthappa got the rub of the green as early as his first ball, as a Bhuvneshwar Kumar outswinger rattled off his bat en route to the 'keeper. Dandekar, though, seemed to have missed what was a clear, loud nick. Uthappa went on to hammer 68 off just 39 balls, his highest score this IPL by quite a distance.

Kedar Jadhav declared out lbw off Varun Aaron, Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kings XI Punjab

This was much closer than the rest of the decisions on this list and significant since Kedar Jadhav was Royal Challengers' in-form batsman going into this game. Two down for just 22, they needed him to anchor the innings along with AB de Villiers, when Varun Aaron's indipper struck him high on the pads. Jadhav, while not a tall man, was jumping at the point of impact. It looked close to the naked eye, but was going over off stump, as replays would later show.

David Warner taking strike after hitting a boundary off the last ball of the previous over, Sunrisers Hyderabad v Mumbai Indians

Warner glided Jasprit Bumrah to the third-man boundary off the final ball of the sixth over. As Mitchell McClenaghan ran into bowl the first ball of the seventh over, Warner took strike once again. This gaffe was arguably worse than the rest, since the umpires failed to keep track of such a basic aspect of the game. And it was the Indian pair of Nitin Menon and CK Nandan that was caught napping.

Carlos Brathwaite declared not out off Yuzvendra Chahal, Delhi Daredevils v Royal Challengers Bangalore

Chahal was into his final over, and Royal Challengers were desperate for a breakthrough, with Daredevils needing 45 from 33. Brathwaite was pinned in front of off and middle, having failed to pick up a flatter googly. Umpire Virender Sharma was unmoved by a pleading Chahal, but the error didn't cost Royal Challengers, with Chahal bowling Brathwaite the very next ball.

Rohit Sharma was wrongly adjudged lbw against Kolkata Knight Riders © BCCI

Rohit Sharma declared out lbw off Sunil Narine, Mumbai Indians v Kolkata Knight Riders

Mumbai received their second poor decision in two overs when Rohit was adjudged lbw despite getting a big inside edge before the ball struck his pad. Narine had been bowling legbreaks throughout the over and foxed Rohit with an offbreak. Umpire Nandan gave it out immediately, and Rohit stood at the crease shocked. When asked about decisions going against them, Parthiv Patel, speaking in the post-match press conference, refused to comment, citing the heavy fines in place.

Jos Buttler declared out lbw off Ankit Rajpoot, Mumbai Indians v Kolkata Knight Riders

In the previous over, Buttler was at the receiving end of his second howler of the tournament, after getting off to a blazing start in a chase of 179 against Knight Riders. Ankit Rajpoot, coming in to bowl for the first time in the season, swung a low full toss into the right-hander. Buttler missed, and while the appeal was vociferous, the ball was sliding down leg by a distance. This time, it was umpire Nitin Menon who was at the centre of a howler.

Kieron Pollard declared not out off Imran Tahir, Mumbai Indians v Rising Pune Supergiant

Mumbai received a rare slice of luck when Pollard was rapped on the pads by Tahir and the ball was crashing into the stumps. The decision to make was whether the ball hit bat or pad first. Umpire Ravi thought it was the former, while replays showed it clearly hit pad first. Pollard survived, and went on to make 21 more runs. Supergiant wicketkeeper MS Dhoni jokingly signalled for a DRS review and was reprimanded after the game.

Jos Buttler declared out lbw off Imran Tahir, Mumbai Indians v Rising Pune Supergiant

Buttler was on fire for Mumbai. He had smashed 38 runs off 18 balls, including 12 in the previous over, when he played all around a length ball that skidded on. It had taken a massive deflection off his bat before rapping him on his front pad. Umpire Ravi, though, had his finger up before Pune's fielders had completed their appeal.

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  • SpaMaster on April 22, 2017, 21:07 GMT

    Yeah, so many of them that I have lost count. It is a disgrace. You have listed only the dismissals/non-dismissals. But there have also been other calls such as calling/not-calling no balls, wides after touching body/within line/leg-side, TV replays on catches/fours/sixes. Remember the Mumbai catch off Dhawan when the third umpire ruled not out when it was clear as crystal that it was out. Invariably all these decisions have comes from Indian umpires. Very shameful.

  •   Cricinfouser on April 22, 2017, 8:16 GMT

    Clearly. this format needs a review system too ! There are just too many howlers. Some blame the Indian umpires, but I guess they are just as human as the foreign ones, who could do duty. A few crucial wrong decisions could make the difference on who wins the Championship. A case for the DRS being brought in, atleast, when the teams reach the business end.

  •   cricfan9731044837 on April 22, 2017, 8:08 GMT

    umpiring decision need to reveal & mistakes made, need to correct them in live ground itself. if its' football or cricket or any other games.

  • amitdi on April 22, 2017, 1:42 GMT

    No point complaining. Umpiring in general has got lax. They go upstairs even when both batsmen are the same end and the runout is at the other end.

  • raj23.cricket on April 21, 2017, 17:02 GMT

    While Warner howler was the most embarrassing, it's not the umpires to be blamed completely. What was in Warner's mind when he took the strike on the first ball??

  • PIOPX on April 19, 2017, 11:13 GMT

    Umpires are humans.Given the human element errors can be made.However,David Warner batting the last ball of the previous over for a boundry and then face the first ball in the next over is backyard cricket.If this is it we should be playing cricket with coconut branch bats and beach ball.

  • ALLROUNDCRICKET on April 16, 2017, 15:55 GMT

    Time to get the DRS. Uthappa's not out decision swung the match and in sch a close series has an impact on the playoff qualifiers and who goes through to win. Unfair, unacceptable and unentertaining

  • Mowlanas on April 16, 2017, 8:08 GMT

    What more can you expect from Indian umpires? India should be really embarrassed for producing such umpires and actually persisting with them.

  • cricfan40854708 on April 16, 2017, 6:35 GMT

    psl has already introduced drs in play off matches this year

  • Hotshot007 on April 16, 2017, 6:30 GMT

    3 of the howlers benefited the KKR team. Make what of that if you will. The last one was unbelievable though. Uthappa should have been out for a first ball duck and went on to score a match winning knock.

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