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No-ball gaffe puts focus on poor standard of umpiring

In cricket the role of umpires is like the judges in the judiciary. Umpires play a crucial role in deciding the result of the game but recently we saw umpiring in cricket came out in limelight for wrong reasons.

Bangalore needed six  runs off the last ball to tie the match against Mumbai but batsman Shivam Dube could only hit Lasith Malinga’s full toss delivery to long-on to yield only one run.

In the mean time big screen replay showed that the bowler had overstepped and a free hit should have been awarded.

What hurt Banglore outfit  more was AB de Villiers, who nearly took his team to victory with an unbeaten 70 off 41 balls would have faced the free-hit.

Clearly, the game could have gone either way, but Ravi’s error denied de Villiers the opportunity to even attempt the last-ball glory. Everyone knows that AB de Villiers is an outstanding batsman, so what about his stats? 

AB de Villiers free Hit numbers in all T20 cricket are as follows:

In 10 Free Hits that he has faced, de Villiers has scored 28 runs. That includes three sixes and a four, but also six singles.

In this age of technology, such blunders can certainly be avoided.  S. Ravi is one of the best umpire in the country and part of ICC’s elite panel. An Umpiring lapse by S Ravi has generated debate over whether cricket needs an independent no-ball watchdog to relieve the already overburdened umpires.

As far as the frontfoot no-ball is concerned the umpire does not often get a clear view with the back foot of the bowler eclipsing the umpire’s view of the front foot.

And it’s not enough for the umpire simultaneously to take care of the no-ball as well as to look out for wides, LBW decisions, nicks, and bat-pad verdicts… all in a split second.

It can be pretty hard. When more technology is available, why not use it?  Such a initiative will improve the quality of decision-making from the on-field umpires since they no longer have to look for the no-balls.

According to an estimation as many as three to four no-balls go unnoticed in every T20 innings. If these unnoticed deliveries can be made noticed then it will help a better side to emerge victorious.

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