The former Indian opener Virender Sehwag reckons it was because of an umpiring error that Kings XI Punjab was not able to win their first game in IPL 2020 against Delhi Capitals.
KXIP was chasing a target of 158 and they were starting to get really close to it towards the end with a fluent partnership between Mayank Agarwal and Chris Jordan.
On the third ball of the 19th over, Mayank and Jordan went for a double, but the umpire declared it a run short as he thought the striker didn’t touch the crease at the non-striking end with his bat.
A run was deduced from KXIP’s innings, but the television replays showed later that the striker had touched the bowling crease while completing the first run, which meant a double should have been given to KXIP, rather than just a single. But, it wasn’t.
As it turned out at the end, KXIP remained short of victory by just one run and the game was tied. Later, in the super over, they lost the game. And, that left people wondering what if that one run was not deducted from KXIP’s score in the 19th over.
Sehwag, who has played for KXIP in the past, seemed miffed with the umpire’s decision and he sarcastically insisted that it was the umpire who should have been declared the man of the match and not a cricketer.
I don’t agree with the man of the match choice . The umpire who gave this short run should have been man of the match.
Short Run nahin tha. And that was the difference. #DCvKXIP pic.twitter.com/7u7KKJXCLb
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) September 20, 2020
The KXIP owner, Preity Zinta, didn’t seem particularly amused with the umpiring decision either as she said it’s high time for BCCI to look into these matters and try and use the technology if it’s available.
I travelled enthusiastically during a pandemic,did 6 days of Quarantine & 5covid tests with a smile but that one Short Run hit me hard. What’s the point of technology if it cannot be used? It’s time @BCCI introduces new rules.This cannot happen every year. #DCvKXIP @lionsdenkxip https://t.co/uNMXFJYfpe
— Preity G Zinta (@realpreityzinta) September 21, 2020
However, KXIP would be disappointed about the fact that they threw away the game from a position where they needed just 1 run off the last 3 balls to win. Despite that umpiring error, they had got themselves into a position where they could and should have won the game comfortably.