Delhi Capitals (DC) captain Rishabh Pant asserted that the entire camp was frustrated after a highly controversial no-ball call in the last over of their game against the Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Friday.
Needing 36 from the final over, Rovman Powell had brought the chase to life by smashing two sixes in the first two balls. The under-pressure Obed McCoy ended up dishing a full toss on the third ball which was pummelled for another six.
Replays showed that the ball was waist-high and the DC camp witnessed this on the big screen. They began gesturing toward the on-field umpires but they didn’t refer the ball to the third umpire.
“I think they were bowling well throughout the game but in the end, Powell gave us a chance. I thought the no ball could have been precious for us. I thought we could have checked that no ball, but it’s not in my control.”
“Yes, disappointed, but can’t do much about it. Everyone was frustrated because it was not even close, so I thought it was only a no ball. Everyone in the ground saw that. I think third umpire should have intervened in between and said it was a no ball, but I can’t change the rule myself I guess,” Pant said at the post-match ceremony.
“It was just the heat of the moment, can’t do much about it” – Rishabh Pant
Additionally, things worsened when Pant decided to intervene. He began asking the on-field batters to come back in protest. Pant also sent Pravin Amre, one of the DC coaches, onto the field to have a chat with the umpire.
It wasn’t the right thing to do and Pant acknowledged that it was a mistake that happened in the heat of the moment.
“[When asked if it was okay to send a team management member onto the field to argue the lack of a no ball call] Obviously it wasn’t right, but what happened with us was also not right. It was just the heat of the moment, can’t do much about it.”
“I think it was the fault of both of the sides, not even only for us because throughout the tournament we have seen some good umpiring. I thought we could have done pretty well from there I guess. It hurts more when you go so close, especially to a match when the other team has scored 220 runs,” he further added.