IPL 2018
The False Replay Raises Doubts Over the Credibility of Broadcasters
By P - Apr 18, 2018 8:24 pm
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The match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians played at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai was a one-sided affair at the three-fourth stage. Mumbai had raised a mountain of runs while batting first thanks to Rohit Sharma and Evin Lewis. The chase fell away as RCB kept losing wickets regularly. One of the glitches from that RCB innings came into the headlines though.

The said blooper occurred in the 18th over when RCB were 137/7. Umesh Yadav was facing Jasprit Bumrah after Virat Kohli had taken a single on the previous ball. Yadav trying to go for glory, tried a big shot against India’s one of the best death bowlers and skied the ball. The catch was taken cleanly by Rohit and Yadav was dismissed. The umpires aware of Bumrah’s slipping front foot asked the third umpire to check for the fault.

It was here that the problem happened. The third umpire checked the replay and confirmed that Bumrah’s foot was within the crease and the ball was legal. Umesh Yadav was given out and the match continued. One of the alert Twitter users spotted the problem with the replay and reported that while they were checking the dismissal of Yadav’s dismissal, the replay showed Yadav himself standing at the non-striker’s end.

There was an issue with Pandya’s dismissal also

The gaffe became apparent that the umpires were checking the footage of the previous ball than the current ball. Now while that could not have affected the match last night, such a mistake in of the closer situations may cost a team a match. This is not the first time something like this has happened either. Such errors have occurred in Tests and IPL also.

The responsibility of the replays relies on the broadcasters which is the third party company and not affiliated with ICC or BCCI.  Concerned authorities will have to look for ways to avoid such happenings in future.