No-ball fracas: Frustrated Pant says ‘third umpire should have interfered’.

Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant feels the third umpire should have “interfered” to adjudicate on the no-ball non-call in the final over of Friday evening’s contest against Rajasthan Royals. He argued that the decision to stick with the on-field decision had proved “precious” for his team, which lost the match by 15 runs. The team’s assistant coach, Shane Watson, however, differed with his captain, saying the umpire’s decision had to be “accepted”, and distanced himself from the scenes that followed, which included Pant asking his batters – Rovman Powell and Kuldeep Yadav – to walk out.

It was the third delivery of the final over of Capitals’ chase of Royals’ 222, a hip-high full-toss from Obed McCoy, which Powell pulled for a six. Having started the over needing 36 runs, Powell had just hit three sixes in a row. The six was signalled, but the Capitals camp expected a no-ball for height too, which would have shaved a run off the target and given them a free-hit, leaving Powell to pull off a task similar to what MS Dhoni had done the night before. There was no signal, though, and drama ensued as both Powell and Kuldeep questioned the on-field umpires Nitin Menon and Nikhil Patwardhan.

Pant and the rest of the Capitals dugout, too, were seen gesticulating from the dugout, asking their batters to pursue the argument even though the rules don’t allow a no-ball to be referred unless a wicket is being reviewed.
Seeing the umpires stick to their guns, Pant even asked his batters to walk off, and Royals’ legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal was seen attempting to stop Kuldeep from doing so. Chaos prevailed as Pant then asked Pravin Amre, another of Capitals’ assistant coaches, to go in and speak to the umpires. At the same time, Watson tried to calm Pant down. Jos Buttler, who had hit what turned out to be a match-winning century earlier, also walked up to Pant, seemingly infuriated at Pant’s actions.
The game eventually resumed, but Capitals fell short as McCoy corrected his line and bowled slower.
Pant later defended his actions. “In the end, Powell gave us a chance,” he told Pommie Mbangwa in the post-match briefing with the host broadcaster. “I thought that no-ball could have been precious for us. I thought we could have checked that no-ball, but [that is] not in my control. Yes, disappointed, but can’t do much about it.”
The Capitals camp had been left “frustrated” by the umpires’ refusal to refer the legality of that third delivery, Pant said. “Everyone in the ground saw it. I think third umpire should have interfered in between and said that was a no-ball, but I can’t change the rule myself.”
Asked by Mbangwa whether he regretted asking Amre to go in and talk to the umpires, Pant acknowledged his mistake, but reasoned that “obviously, it wasn’t right, but what happened wasn’t also right”. “It was heat of the moment, can’t do much about it,” he said. “I think it was fault of both the sides, not only us, because throughout the tournament we have been seeing some good umpiring. I thought we could have done pretty well.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *