The 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League saw one of the most exciting final matches as Rohit Sharma's Mumbai Indians won the title against MS Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings by one run, thanks to a brilliant show of bowling prowess and unpredictability by Sri Lankan veteran Lasith Malinga.
He absolutely kept his all important SLOW BALL for the final ball of the IPL tournament.
He is non other than Lasith Malinga
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CHAMPIONS 2019 IPL
However, the only thing that was talked about even more than the nail-biting final, was the horrible officiating that went on during the month-and-a-half-long T20 league.
One of the biggest controversies took place during the tournament on May 4, 2019, when Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli and his bowler Umesh Yadav found themselves to be in a unique predicament.
Umpire Nigel Llong raised his hand to the side indicating that Yadav's second last delivery of the final over was a no-ball for overstepping the crease. The only issue with the call was that it was incorrect.
The replays on television showed that it was a perfectly legal delivery that “seemed” like a no-ball from the umpire's angle.May 7, 2019
There were numerous other such incidents that took place during IPL 2019 and oddly, most of them, somehow, damaged Kohli and RCB.
After facing flak from the viewers, commentators and players combined on all platforms of media, BCCI has finally decided to do something about it. Sourav Ganguly, the president of the Indian Cricket Board revealed on Sunday that the 13th season of IPL will consist of a 'special official' to look out 'front foot' no-balls during the matches.
BCCI confirms that IPL will be having a special umpire to monitor the front foot no balls, and if all goes well ICC also soon to made this official for international games.— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) December 2, 2019
Yes, from now on, there will be a dedicated official who will be paid to check if a bowler doesn't take a step too long.
While this is a practical solution to many, MANY problems that the players have faced in the past and will help make the matches carry out more fairly, adding yet another umpire to the already large entourage has to be an insult to the current officials.
And don't get me wrong. The quality of officiating not just in the IPL but international cricket all over the world has been extremely horrific in the recent past, some of it gravely affecting the outcomes of big games.
An umpire's job is not easy. While the fans have the option of replays before cursing them out, the umpires have to make a decision in real-time. But that's exactly why they go through the numerous courses and tests before they are recruited to be in the middle of the field. Not to mention all the facilities and a crazy amount of money being paid to them.