24.09.2020,15:09 274 0

Controversial Tom Curran Decision Highlights Poor Umpiring in the IPL

Controversial Tom Curran Decision Highlights Poor Umpiring in the IPL

If we had any doubt about the poor quality of umpiring in the 13th edition of the IPL, such doubt was erased with the controversial dismissal of Royals batsman Tom Curran during the 4th match between Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings held in Sharjah on Tuesday, September 22.

Fireworks by Samson

Invited to bat first, Royals lost the early wicket of young opener Yashasvi Jaiswal and Sanju Samson joined his skipper, Steve Smith, at the wicket. From 1/11 in the third over, when he took guard, Samson took the spectators on an exhilarating journey that lasted until the 4th ball of the 12th over. Samson tried to hit the ball – by Lungi Ngidi – over cover for six and only ended up holing out to Chahar at deep cover. By the time Samson finally departed, he had scored 74 runs off 32 balls with one four and 9 sixes. The Royals innings began to unravel quickly after Samson’s departure. They lost four more wickets without the addition of many runs.

Dismissal and Recall of Curran

At the end of over 17, Royals were on 173/6, with Steve Smith holding the fort on 67 off 44 balls. In over 18, they took 3 runs off the first 4 balls. With Tom Curran on strike on the fifth, the batsman received a short ball from Chahar. Curran looked to pull the ball and was beaten. The ball hit the thigh pad and went through to wicket-keeper Dhoni on the half volley. Curran was given out caught behind. Curran was bemused. He knew he hadn’t hit the ball or even gloved it. After Curran’s remonstrations, the umpires conferred and decided to ask for the third umpire to intervene. The replay clearly showed that the ball had hit only the thigh pad above the line of the stumps, ruling out either a caught-behind or an LBW. The replay also showed that Dhoni had grounded the ball in the process of catching it. Curran was ruled not out and the on-field umpire’s decision stood overruled.

Unhappy Dhoni

Dhoni was clearly unhappy with the reversal of the original decision and made his displeasure known to the umpires, although, in a tactful way. Was Dhoni justified in arguing against the reversal? He was certainly not! The umpire in a game can reverse any decision when he feels like it. Why didn’t Dhoni admit in the first place that he hadn’t caught the ball cleanly?

The Bigger Picture

Nevertheless, there are other questions worth asking. Why did the umpire wait for Curran to dispute the decision before reversing it? Royals had already exhausted the one review available to them. Were they allowing Smith’s wards a free review? Moreover, when the video action replay clearly showed no contact between bat and ball, why did the third umpire pretend it was a caught and bowled decision and reverse it based on that pretence? It’s time to admit that the quality of umpiring is poor and advocate the greater use of technology and third umpire interventions to ensure fair play.

Liked? Share:
0   voted
Similar news
Rishabh Pant to Continue as Delhi Capitals Captain in IPL 2021 in UAE
Rishabh Pant to Continue as Delhi Capitals Captain in IPL 2021 in UAE
Read more

Delhi Capitals will continue to be led by Rishabh Pant in the second leg of the IPL 2021 that began in the UAE on 19 September. The India keeper-batsman will remain captain for the rest of the season, according to a media release by the franchise. DC Statement to Media “JSW-GMR co-owned Delhi Capitals today […]

Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Chennai Super Kings: September 30, IPL 2021 Prediction
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Chennai Super Kings: September 30, IPL 2021 Prediction
Read more

On 30 September 2021, Sharjah will be the host venue for Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Chennai Super Kings, match 44 of the Indian Premier League 2021. While CSK are perched at the top of the points table, SRH are languishing in the last place. In this article, we preview the game and forecast the outcome. Match […]

Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals: September 27, IPL 2021 Prediction
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals: September 27, IPL 2021 Prediction
Read more

On September 27, 2021, Dubai will host Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals, match 40 of the IPL 2021. While RR are currently placed 5th in the points table, SRH are at the bottom. In this article, we preview the match and predict the winner. Match Predictions and Betting Odds Last Meeting The teams last met […]

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians: September 26, IPL 2021 Prediction
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians: September 26, IPL 2021 Prediction
Read more

In the 39th match of the IPL 2021, it will be Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians, on September 26, at the Dubai Sports Centre Stadium in Dubai. While RCB are currently 3rd in the points table, MI are one rung below them, placed 4th. In this article, we preview the game and predict the […]

Crowds Back in Reduced Capacity in 2nd Leg of IPL 2021
Crowds Back in Reduced Capacity in 2nd Leg of IPL 2021
Read more

This is the first time that crowds are being allowed to watch IPL matches at grounds since the 2019 season. Ahead of the second leg of the IPL 2021, franchises were informed by Hemang Amin, COO of the IPL, that fans would be allowed into stadiums in a reduced capacity. The world’s most lucrative league […]

Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes, Dawid Malan join Jos Buttler in pulling out of IPL
Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes, Dawid Malan join Jos Buttler in pulling out of IPL
Read more

The second leg of the IPL will miss the presence of several all-format players from England. Dawid Malan (RR), Chris Woakes (DC), and Jonny Bairstow (SRH) have joined Jos Buttler (RR) in opting out of the league, citing bubble fatigue. The players have a long winter ahead, with the T20 World Cup and the Ashes […]