New Delhi: When MS Dhoni was run-out in the semi-final match against New Zealand, for many, the match was lost in that moment. While the Kiwis did go on to win in a nail-biting finish, questions are being raised over the former skipper’s wicket.
Many have said the delivery Dhoni got out on could possibly have been a no-ball. It must be noted that Dhoni would still have been given out, as run-outs are allowed on a no-ball. However, claim fans, had the umpire called the no-ball, Mahi might not have attempted that second run. Also, a no-ball would have meant a free hit for India.
And then, there’s another video doing the rounds on Twitter. It shows six fielders outside the 30-yard circle, when as per rules in the third powerplay, only five fielders are allowed outside. Ahead of the delivery, a graphic showed the field position of the fielders set by Kiwi captain Kane Williamson, wherein six New Zealand players were seen standing outside the ring.
Am I the only one to see this???
Just before MSD got Run-out, six fielders were outside the circle
Don't know whether it is umpiring fault or GPS error
BTW, it was still a runout…#Dhoni #DhoniAtCWC19 #INDvNZ #CWC19 @msdhoni @imVkohli @ICC @BCCI @htTweets @Dhoni7_fc pic.twitter.com/75ToHp0UXZ
— WAni BaSit (@imphoenixbmw) July 10, 2019
— nagaraj (@nagaraj883) July 10, 2019
— Anand Narasimhan (@AnchorAnandN) July 10, 2019
The videos have led to a raging controversy on Twitter, with fans going berserk over the ‘umpiring error’ which, they feel, cost India the semi-final.
India needed 25 runs in 10 balls and post the departure of Ravindra Jadeja, it came upon the former skipper to take India to the victory line.
What A great Umpiring Skills….The Ball Msd became runout should be given as NoBall…& Dhoni should have played and India have Won….What A Great WC?What a great exhibition of Umpiring skills???? pic.twitter.com/1Xthq2Qyjv
— L@cchi (@LacchiOrange) July 10, 2019
— Srikanth Thota (@Srikant72780832) July 10, 2019
Dhoni tried attempting a double on the next ball, but a direct hit by Martin Guptill trashed Indian hopes and Dhoni was given out.
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 10, 2019
Virat Kohli praised Dhoni’s innings but said he felt bad that just 45 minutes of bad cricket ousted India from the tournament.
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 10, 2019
“MS had a good partnership with him, and again a game of small margins, run out by a small margin. Always feels bad when you play well all tournament and then 45 minutes of bad cricket puts you out. New Zealand deserve it, they put us under more pressure. At times, I think our shot-selection could have been better,” said skipper Kohli.
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