MS Dhoni lashes out at the umpires: MS Dhoni was seen criticizing the umpires in a quirky manner during the post-match presentation ceremony.
During the fifth match of the Super Four stage of the ongoing Asia Cup between India and Afghanistan at Dubai, both the teams were involved in a nail-biting tied encounter. In a match which took numerous turns before reaching its destination, it ended being in a neutral result for both the teams.
On the back of Mohammad Shahzad’s blazing century, Afghanistan had set India a target of 253 runs to win the match. A 110-run partnership between the Indian openers in Lokesh Rahul and Ambati Rayudu had set the tone for India, however what followed wasn’t expected at all. The unexpected sequences of the match happened in both the context of the Indian middle-order and the umpiring.
In the 21st over, Lokesh Rahul’s attempt of reverse-sweeping Rashid Khan saw him missing the ball altogether. After being adjourned out leg before the wicket, Rahul unsure of whether he should opt for the review, went for it. Other than him getting out, India received the double blow of losing the review as well, something which didn’t help their case in the overs to come.
In the 26th and 40th over, stand-in captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik were adjourned leg before the wicket respectively. To much of India’s surprise, both of them were not-out as respective replays confirmed that the ball would have missed the stumps in both the cases.
Without the review, the duo had no option than to walk back to the pavilion. Getting out at such vital junctures hurt India to a large extent.
Dhoni was vocal against the quality of umpiring during the post-match presentation ceremony. He might not have said it but what he said meant the same. “And there were a couple of run-out and there are a couple of things I don’t want to talk about because I don’t want to get fined. A tie isn’t bad for is, we could have been on the losing side”, Dhoni was quoted after the match.
The poor umpiring during the match had faced severe criticism from the fans on social media platform Twitter as well. Read some of the tweets below:
I’m not disappointed with the result, but by the bad umpiring. The game was marred by few incorrect decisions. But in all fairness, Afghanistan has played a very competitive cricket.
— Ajaya Ketan Nayak (@ajayaketannayak) September 25, 2018
— Vaishnavi Gaur (@vaishnavigaur) September 25, 2018
Kohli was not there , 5 of our regulars were given rest, match was aimed to test the bench strength, poor umpiring decisions, unfortunate run out of jadhav, yet we did not lose the match.
Any other questions?
— S N (@Essence747454) September 25, 2018
Happy that Afganistan and India both did not lose..but poor umpiring made it bit sour …any way great game of cricket.. @ACBofficials is the force to reckon with in future.
— Brijesh Negi (@midastouch786) September 25, 2018
Wrong decision of umpiring made India to foot. Still Sir Jadeja managed to make it draw. Finally inexperienced and cowared 3rd umpires made one decision as 4 instead of 6. Not a fair game from ICC side too.