IPL 2024
Dinesh Karthik Survives A Controversial DRS Call In Eliminator
By CricShots - May 22, 2024 9:50 pm
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Cricket has seen numerous umpiring errors over the years that have significantly impacted the game’s history. Even with the advent of technology, these mistakes haven’t been completely eradicated. The IPL Eliminator showcased this ongoing issue, as a quick decision by the third umpire left the Rajasthan Royals camp fuming.

Avesh Khan
Avesh Khan almost dismissed Dinesh Karthik

Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) started their innings well, thanks to their strong top-order. However, a series of rapid wickets during the middle overs hindered their efforts to post a substantial total in the Eliminator match on Wednesday. The team found themselves struggling at 122/5 in the 15th over when Dinesh Karthik stepped up to play the role of saviour.

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Unfortunately, his efforts were cut short as he was immediately trapped leg before wicket by Avesh Khan. A desperate review by Karthik led to a controversial umpiring decision, which unexpectedly granted him a lifeline in what might be his final innings as a professional cricketer.

Avesh Khan delivered a full, angled ball from over the wicket that bypassed Karthik’s inside edge and struck his front pad directly in front of the stumps. The fielding side erupted in celebration as the on-field umpire quickly raised his finger to signal out. With RCB’s hopes hanging by a thread, Karthik opted to review the decision, hoping for a miracle.

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Third umpire Anil Chaudhary responded by overturning the on-field call based on Ultra Edge technology, despite the footage clearly showing that the bat was behind the pad when the ball hit the pad and a spike appeared simultaneously.

Rajasthan Royals’ team director, Kumar Sangakkara, was visibly frustrated by the decision. Cameras caught him expressing his annoyance, insisting that the bat had hit the pad first before he marched towards the fourth umpire to argue his case. Social media users echoed Sangakkara’s sentiments, criticizing the third umpire for reversing what appeared to be a marginal call without definitive evidence.

This incident has sparked renewed discussions about the reliability of technology in cricket and the need for further improvements to minimize such controversial decisions. The Rajasthan Royals’ disappointment was palpable, highlighting the emotional and practical consequences of umpiring errors in crucial matches.