On-field umpires are being criticized for their decisions in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, and one of them, Yeshwant Barde, was in a tough situation during the ongoing game between Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Punjab Kings (PBKS). It had happened after PBKS all-rounder, Liam Livingstone played mind games with RR pacer, Prasidh Krishna, in the 19th over by batting around the 7th or may be 8th stump.
Liam Livingstone was looked in an assertive mood against RR on Saturday, in Match 52 of IPL 2022 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. After Mayank Agarwal won the toss and opted to bat, PBKS reached 158/4 at the end of 18 overs, with Livingstone still at the crease. Then, in the 19th over, Sanju Samson brought in Prasidh Krishna into the attack. Livingstone, on strike, then brought out a strange batting position.
Liam Livingstone was constantly standing at the seventh or eighth stump outside off stump. Krishna was confused by seeing that, and went straight to on-field umpire Yeshwant Barde to get to know where should bowl now. He got hammered in that over, smashing four and a six before he had the last laugh by cleaning him up at the end of the over. As a result, Livingstone, as a result, fell for 22 off 14 balls. PBKS, in the end, finished on 189/5 at the end of the innings.
— Eden Watson (@EdenWatson17) May 7, 2022
Punjab Kings (Playing XI): Jonny Bairstow, Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal (c), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Rishi Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh, Sandeep Sharma
Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Riyan Parag, Shimron Hetmyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Sen
Here is how the fans reacted to the mind games battle:
Both #Livingstone and Prasidh Krishna being cute on the pitch with each other. 🙃
— Aditya Singh Rawat (@Catslayer_999) May 7, 2022
Fascinating mind-games in that over between Prasidh and Livingstone. 10/1 in 5 balls, I’d call it even.
— Rahul Warrier (@rahulw_) May 7, 2022
What a field RR have set for Livingstone vs Prasidh.
No one behind square on the leg side and no one in front of square on the off side apart from a fairly squarish cover.
Very clear plans.#IPL2022
— Akash Kumar Jha (@Akashkumarjha14) May 7, 2022
— Mohan Manikanta (@mohan_moneycant) May 7, 2022
A ridiculous series of events in this over between Prasidh Krishna and Liam Livingstone.
— Siva (@Siva_emany) May 7, 2022
what a great contest between livingstone and prasidh. #PBKSvRR
— Nikhil Sharma (@nikss26) May 7, 2022
Prasidh Krishna looses confidence when Liam Livingstone stands 1 feet away from off stumps, 2 wides and a six then
— Vikki (Game Addictor) (@GameAddictor_) May 7, 2022