For me, that was unacceptable – Kevin Pieterson on DC’s reaction on no-ball￼
The IPL clash between Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals goes down into the complete chaos on Friday over the on-field umpires’ decision to not give a no-ball for a waist-high full toss while Pieterson was disappointed with the behaviors shown by DC players.
The IPL clash between Delhi Capitals – Rajasthan Royals goes down into the complete chaos on Friday over the on-field umpires’ decision to not give a no-ball for a waist-high full-toss.
Delhi Capitals players and support staff thought it was a no-ball and the players started gesturing from the hollow but the umpires didn’t shift and it resulted in chaotic scenes with tensions threatening to boil over.
DC skipper Rishabh Pant was seen gesticulating to the two batters some off the field while assistant coach Shane Watson stepped in to speak to Rishabh Pant and another assistant coach Pravin Amre entered the field of play to speak to the on-field umpires.
The entire discussion took place in the last over of the game. While Delhi Capitals needed 36 runs in the final over, Rovman Powell hit three consecutive sixes to keep his team in the chase.
However, on the third ball, which Powell hit for six, franchise players and staff members started shouting to the on-field umpires for not giving the no-ball.
But after better sense prevailed, Obed McCoy was able to deliver the final three balls in a good spot and the Delhi Capitals bumbled to a 15-run loss.
While the former England player Kevin Pieterson was disappointed with the Delhi Capitals’ behavior. He said felt that stoppage in play might have worked against Delhi Capitals.
“It may have disrupted Rovman Powell’s concentration and it may have also disrupted the way Rishabh Pant was thinking about the game. I think that is more concerning to me than the umpire’s call. The behavior of Delhi here, I do not think that would have happened if Ricky Ponting was here. I do not think that would have happened at all. I think Jos Buttler had every right to walk over to Rishabh Pant and say ‘what on the earth are you doing?’ For them to send one of their coaches, for one of the coaches to go out there and think that was right and that was the correct behavior,”Pietersen told host broadcaster Star Sports after the game ended.
“We play the gentleman’s game, people make mistakes. How many times we have nicked off or not nicked off, but given out. Given out LBW when we are not LBW. I and Swanny (Graeme Swann) have had long careers; we have played the game for 20 odd years. When you see stuff like what we saw in the last half an hour, it is not good for the game of cricket. I do not know who they think they are, that was a huge huge mistake,”he further added.
Pieterson also condemns the DC assistant coach Pravin Amre for entering the field of play to speak to the umpires.
“The biggest mistake is the coach running onto the field to talk to the umpire. I mean, I just do not understand the coach. He is a senior figure in that room, Rishabh Pant was calling them off, the guy wanted to walk off. For me, that was unacceptable and I hope I never see that in the game of cricket. That is not why we play cricket and that is not how you are supposed to play cricket,”said Pietersen.