Kings XI Punjab have filed an appeal with the match referee against the faulty 'short run' called by umpire Nitin Menon during Sunday's close game between Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab. Franchise CEO Satish Menon argued that the decision could "cost them a playoff spot" and that there's "no room for human errors like these in a world-class tournament like the IPL."
The incident happened in the third ball of the 19th over when Mayank Agarwal, after having slammed Kagiso Rabada for a boundary, stroked one to deep extra cover with the aim to pinch a couple. The job was seemingly well done but the square leg umpire felt that the first run wasn't completed by Chris Jordan at the wicketkeeper's end, and consequently ruled the first run short.But the replays shortly after suggested that Jordan had properly grounded his bat. With the match ending in a tie and then a Super Over, when the batting side ended on the wrong side of the result, the umpiring error has led to passionate reactions.
Nitin Menon's umpiring error has unfortunately become a hotbed of debate, reigniting discussions around the role of technology in cricket, and how it can play a greater role especially during this tournament.
Former cricketers and experts led the discussion, with Kings XI co-owner Preity Zinta and CEO Satish Menon mincing no words.