One wonders whether the drama that was created in the final over of IPL 2022 between Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals, would have been given a slow burial had it been a part of itinerary of a mainstream international cricket tournament. The impetuous manner in which Rishabh Pant had reacted to a ball not being given a no ball warranted a severe fine than the docking of match fee for one match! It reminded about the incidents that we all would have experienced when we used to play galli cricket, where we used to run away with either our bat or ball, when we might be declared out, but we feel that we are not out!
What happened on the ground that day was a monumental blow to the gentleman’s game of cricket. Throwing the towel is not an option, which is allowed in cricket. When the match is going on, how can a coach (Praveen Amre) run inside the ground and discuss the modalities with his players on the crease? Coaches are only allowed to do the chitchat during official breaks on a day of match and they just cannot barge on to the ground!
The hullabaloo that was created by Pant along with his coach Praveen Amre and Shardul Thakur smacked about the ignorance of rules. Praveen Amre at least should have been aware about the rules. The IPL Playing Conditions clearly state that only dismissals and front foot no balls can be referred to the third umpire by the on-field umpires. In this case, the umpire duo were well within their rights not to refer the matter to the third umpire. In addition, the baying that Rishabh Pant resorted to, even during the post-match conference was uncalled for. A third umpire cannot take a suo-moto action about a no ball, but for a foot fault in no ball, otherwise he is just a referral authority based on advisory of the on-field umpires.
The sane element during this chaos was the Batting Coach of Delhi Capitals, Shane Watson who was trying to instill some sense of propriety and a modicum of normality about the incident.
The bad patch that Rishab Pant is going through and the accolade that Dinesh Kartik is earning for his performance as a RCB player must be hanging at the back of Pant’s mind as through his performance now Dinesh Kartik is emerging as a potential threat to RIshabh Pant. The expert panel of commentators are also singing encomium about the performance of DK as Dinesh Kartik is popularly called and he seems to be gradually making strides to be a part of the official Dream11 team of India for the International T20 World Cup 2022.
Altercations at the ground against umpiring decisions have started becoming a wont in the IPL as there are commercial interests involved. Even a Captain Cool MSDhoni in an uncharacteristic outburst during IPL 2019 had rushed out of the dugout to protest against a no-ball decision. Fortuitously the opposite team was Rajashtan Royals.
One of the most famous walkovers of the cricket history has been that of Sunil Gavaskar, on the eve of 1981 series with Australia. In the Melbourne test, Gavaskar nearly forced his opening partner Chetan Chauhan to walk out with him after being a victim of an umpiring mess.
The governing body of the IPL has to stern and not allow the repeat of the incident or else the fun of IPL would be lost and the governing body should wield the stick in a much serious manner than how it is being done presently.