Delhi Capitals mentor Shane Watson with captain Rishabh Pant (Image Credits: IPL)
Delhi Capitals mentor Shane Watson with captain Rishabh Pant (Image Credits: IPL)

Former Australian pacer Glenn McGrath condemned IPL team Delhi Capitals’ behaviour over the no-ball drama in their match against Rajasthan Royals on Friday. Some unsightly scenes played out in the final over after Delhi Capitals dug out protested against the onfield umpire’s decision not to award a no-ball.

With 36 runs needed in the final over, West Indies batter Rovman Powell slammed three consecutive sixes off compatriot Obed McCoy. The controversy erupted on the third ball of the over when McCoy bowled a full toss, dipping from above waist-high level to the batter.

The on-field umpires allowed the ball to be counted as a legal delivery despite many members from the Delhi Capitals dugout stretching their hands out to indicate the no-ball sign.

Delhi Capitals fumed over the no-ball issue

Things went out of control when umpires didn’t refer the decision to the third umpire and a livid skipper Pant signalled his batters (Powell and Kuldeep Yadav) to come back. Pant was adamant about not letting the play resume until the umpires considered their demand. However, assistant coach Shane Watson had a chat with the captain and perhaps he withdrew the decision to call the batters back to the dugout.

DC vs RR: Watch - Drama Pans Out In The Last Over As Rishabh Pant Calls Back His Players From Crease, Crowd Chants "No Ball-No Ball" After Umpire Refuses To Give Above Waist No Ball
DC vs RR: Watch – Drama Pans Out In The Last Over As Rishabh Pant Calls Back His Players From Crease, Crowd Chants “No Ball-No Ball” After Umpire Refuses To Give Above Waist No Ball

The Delhi Capitals send another assistant coach, Pravin Amre, on the field to have a word with the umpires about the no-ball. Things went against the Capitals and they lost the momentum as Powell managed to score just two runs in the final three balls. Rajasthan won by 15 runs.

What happened is not acceptable: Glenn McGrath

McGrath, who played 14 IPL games for Delhi Capitals (then Daredevils) in IPL 2008, expressed his disapproval of the team’s conduct in the no-ball controversy.

IPL 2022: What Happened Is Not Acceptable - Glenn McGrath On Delhi Capitals' Protest Over No-Ball Drama
Australian bowling legend Glenn McGrath (Photo-Getty)

“After landing here (Chennai) on Friday night, I got to see the end of the IPL match (DC vs RR match). What happened is not acceptable,‘ McGrath told reporters on Saturday while shaking his head in disapproval of the Delhi Capitals’ reaction to the no-ball controversy. 

Pant (100 per cent) and all-rounder Shardul Thakur (50 per cent) were penalised with their match fee while Amre was slapped with a one-match ban apart from a 100 per cent match fee penalty for breaching the IPL Code of Conduct.

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