Kumar Sangakkara, Director of Cricket and Head Coach of the Rajasthan Royals (RR), believes that umpires should be consistent while calling wides.
On Monday, May 2, umpire Nitin Pandit was criticized for making some questionable calls during the Kolkata Knight Riders’ run chase against the Rajasthan Royals.
Whenever Nitish Rana was shifting around in the wicket to break Prasidh Krishna’s flow during the final over of Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) run-chase on Monday, May 2, on-field umpire Nitin Pandit ruled three wides.
Krishna was attempting to bowl wide away from the batsman, while the left-handed Rana continued to allow himself to maneuver on the on-side.
The umpire, however, continued to lengthen his arms, much to the bowler’s chagrin. While addressing the wide calls, Sangakkara, 44, also acknowledged that the Royals didn’t play quality cricket at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.
‘We didn’t play good enough cricket in the last two games’: Kumar Sangakkara
“When it comes to calling wides, the most crucial element is consistency. Some new regulations say you can’t make a wide, but you may destroy one by shifting about the crease before delivering, and each movement you make becomes a place to start for the wide line to move.”
“It is what it is at the end of the day but at the same time, we have to realize that we didn’t play good enough cricket in the past two games,” Sangakkara said in the post-match press conference.
Following their seven-wicket loss to the Knight Riders, the Royals suffered their fourth loss of the tournament. The Royals, who are now third in the points standings, will face Mayank Agarwal’s Punjab Kings (PBKS) on Saturday, May 7 at the Wankhede Stadium.