13th edition of Indian Premier League has already started with a bang from September 19. While Chennai Super Kings started the campaign with a superb win, the second game witnessed a tie and a nail-biting super over win as well between Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab where ICC’s new Elite Panel entrant Nitin Menon’s umpiring became the reason of the second game of the season decided through Super Over, and now, Virender Sehwag names him ‘Man of the Match’!
Both the teams finished with the same score of 157 for 8 in 20 overs where Kagiso Rabada’s brilliant Super Over sealed the deal for Delhi Capitals. However, before the game finished on the same score, TV footage showed that Menon – who was at the square-leg umpire at that time called a “run short” when Chris Jordan took two runs off Rabada in the penultimate over after hitting the ball towards long-on.
While the TV replays showed that the batsman had finished the first run legally but the umpire declared a “short-run” which meant Jordan didn’t keep his bat inside the crease. However, he entered his bat into the case properly.
Meanwhile, if the team would have got that run, Kings XI Punjab would have won the match within their allotted 20 overs and instead of Delhi, they could have started their IPL 2020 campaign with a stunning victory as well.
However, that umpiring raised many eyebrows as former India opener Virender Sehwag and his opening partner Aakash Chopra bashed at Menon’s umpiring.
“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,” Sehwag took to his Twitter and posted.
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
Even, Chopra and former Delhi Daredevils coach Trent Woodhill have also criticised the incident.
“One short that wasn’t. Technology must take over in these cases…..but that’s possible if only the third umpire spotted it in time. What if #KXIP don’t make it to the final four by 2 points?? Tight,” Chopra added.
One short that wasn’t. Technology must take over in these cases…..but that’s possible if only the third umpire spotted it in time. What if #KXIP don’t make it to the final four by 2 points?? Tight #IPL2020 is likely to be… https://t.co/juCLU375jg
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) September 20, 2020
Notably, KXIP can certainly appeal to the IPL Governing Council for umpire’s decision.