At the conclusion of the game between the Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings in Match 64 of the Indian Premier League 2023, a disputed no-ball decision split the crowd. On the fourth delivery of the last over of PBKS’ innings, Liam Livingstone smashed a waist-high full toss off Ishant Sharma for six. DC captain David Warner first disputed the no-ball call made by the on-field umpire.
The tracking data suggested that the ball would have barely cleared the stumps. Even though Livingstone had stooped a little bit while playing the shot, the third-umpire upheld the on-field ruling of a no-ball. Harsha Bhogle, the match’s commentator, said afterwards that the third umpire had been inconsistent in his calls of waist-high no balls.
Parth Jindal, the owner of the Delhi Capitals, replied to the tweet to say that he didn’t understand the regulation and that the ball that got the wicket of Shafali Verma in the WPL final should have been deemed a no-ball for the same reason.
It is worth noting that Shafali Verma was out in the second over of the first inning during the March final of the Women’s Premier League 2023. Issy Wong’s waist-high full toss got the DC opener caught at the backward point. Verma challenged the judgment after being called out on the pitch and found that replays indicated the ball was on her waist when it initially made contact and that she wasn’t even stooping down to play the shot.
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However, Verma’s dismissal was upheld. As a consequence, DC’s first innings total of 131/9 led to a seven-wicket loss in the championship game.
Earlier in the present IPL season, during Match 58, there was another no-ball debate during the first innings of the match between the Sunrisers Hyderabad and the Lucknow Super Giants. In the 19th overs of SRH’s innings, on the third ball faced by Abdul Samad, the on-field umpire indicated no ball.
The third umpire thought that Samad had squatted while playing the shot, and when LSG captain Krunal Pandya reviewed the judgment, it was reversed in their favour. Decisions haven’t been stellar in the current IPL, despite the usage of technology, and that might hurt the teams that make the playoffs.