Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma was ruled out caught-behind in controversial circumstances after the UltraEdge showed spikes even before the ball passed his bat during an IPL 2022 game against Kolkata Knight Riders, with some on social media terming it a “glitch”.
The Mumbai Indians opener was visibly displeased after he was ruled out, caught off wicketkeeper Sheldon Jackson in the very first over of MI’s run-chase on Monday. Tim Southee sent down a short of a length delivery off the last ball, cramping Rohit for room. The batter leaped to get to the ball, attempting to tuck it away to the leg side.
However, the ball hit his thigh pad before it bounced up close to Rohit’s bat and sneaked through to Jackson behind, who took a low diving catch. After the appeal for caught-behind was turned down by the on-field umpire, KKR went up for the DRS, and with a number of spikes being caught on the UltraEdge, the third umpire adjudged Rohit out.
However, the timing of the spikes – replays showed that there were prominent spikes before and after the ball passed the bat (as well as while passing) – prompted Graeme Swann, on commentary, to proclaim that Rohit had been “hard done by”. The TV umpire, however, did not hesitate to rule Rohit out seemingly certain that there had been a nick, stating, “spikes everywhere”.
The low catch by Jackson wasn’t properly analysed as well, with replays leaving it unclear whether a clean catch was made. It wasn’t checked by the TV umpire during the review, who ruled Rohit out after spotting the spikes on the UltraEdge.
Watch the dismissal here:
The incident led to plenty of reactions, with many claiming that the third umpire should have been aware of the glitch before overturning the decision. A few others, however, defended the third umpire stating that he went by what he saw but instead asked for the addition of HotSpot technology.
Clear technical glitch…ball hasn't even reached the bat and look at the spike go…
— Rohit Sankar (@imRohit_SN) May 9, 2022
— Subhayan Chakraborty (@CricSubhayan) May 9, 2022
— Sushant Mehta (@SushantNMehta) May 9, 2022
— Rahul Rawat (@rawatrahul9) May 9, 2022
— Wisden India (@WisdenIndia) May 9, 2022
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) May 9, 2022
Earlier, MI restricted KKR to 165-9, with Jasprit Bumrah ending with figures of 5-10, his best in T20s.