If I was Virat Kohli I’d want to know about missed no-balls: Ricky Ponting slams poor umpiring

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Monday, December 10th, 2018 | 0

The first of the four-match Test series between Australia and India turned out to be an absolute thriller, with the visitors completing a narrow 31-run win in Adelaide on Monday.

The performances of the two teams apart, there was one thing that came under the scanner for its substandard presentation: the missed no-ball calls by the on-field umpires.

On many an occasion, fast bowler Ishant Sharma, who is known for bowling lot of no balls, stepped beyond the line that went unnoticed by on-field umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Nigel Llong.

Yes, the benefit of doubt is given to the bowler more often than not – especially in Test cricket. But, the number of illegal deliveries that went unnoticed has raised questions.

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting said: “Another thing that I just can’t believe has happened through the course of this game is how many no-balls have been missed by the on-field umpires.

“We found this without even looking for them, this is ball three and four from Ishant Sharma’s last over… he is clearly over the front line and they just haven’t been called.

“They called one no-ball early this morning, I think it was the second ball of the day, but as far as I’m concerned it’s not acceptable in the game to have that many no-balls missed.

“I understand they’re checking them when a wicket falls but like I said this morning, if I was Virat Kohli I would want to know about that because the last thing you want as a fielding captain is a wicket to fall off a no-ball.”

Interestingly, Nathan Lyon got a reprieve off a no-ball after being trapped in front by Ishant on Day 5.

Something to ponder upon?

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