Players always expect the third umpire to make a quick decision after going through replays. However, the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 witnessed an unusual scene in a game involving Delhi Capitals (DC) where the third umpire’s hasty decision made skipper, David Warner and Phil Salt furious.
While locking off against Punjab Kings (PBKS), DC managed to defend a total of 214 runs owing to some fireworks from Prithvi Shaw and Rilee Roussouw. PBKS responded posting 75/2 by the end of 10 overs in a game where batters smashed some big hits. However, in a game where batters are having a good day on the field, the third umpire made sure that the spotlight will be on him by being at the receiving end of DC players’ wrath.
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Axar Patel was bowling the seventh over of the innings and he pitched the second delivery on the outside off-stump channel. Prabhsimran Singh was on the strike and he pushed it to the off-side with soft hands and both batters started running for a quick single. Wicketkeeper Phil Salt sprinted toward the ball and aimed at the non-strikers’ end.
However, the ball hit the batter and Salt appealed for obstruction of the field immediately. The umpires decided to review the decision and it was expected that the incident would now be checked from different angles considering the usual proceedings.
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But, the third umpire chose a different path and referred to just one angle to arrive at a decision. After watching a single replay, he ruled the batter to be not out within a matter of seconds. David Warner and Salt were visibly upset over the third umpire not going through different camera angles and expressed their displeasure.
Here is the video of the incident:
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