Virat Kohli has slammed a ‘ridiculous’ no-ball error by umpires after his side Royal Challengers Bangalore lost to Mumbai Indians in the 7th match of the Indian Premier League 2019.
RCB needed seven to win the match off the final ball when Lasith Malinga bowled a dot ball, but replays suggested the paceman had overstepped the line by a small margin.
A no-ball would not only have given RCB an extra run but also a free hit and a chance to win the game they eventually lost by six runs.
"We are playing at the IPL level and not playing club cricket. The umpires should have had their eyes open. That's a ridiculous call at the last ball," Kohli said after the error was spotted at the end of match.
"If it is a game of margins, I don't know what is happening. They should have been more sharp and careful out there," he added.
It was on-field umpire Sundaram Ravi, India's only representative in ICC's Elite panel, who didn’t make the call.
Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma, whose team registered their first win of the tournament, also said such mistakes were ‘not good for the game’.
"There's a TV up there, they have to watch what's happening... Eventually it's not good for the game and whatever is not good for the game, I won't stand for that," said Sharma.
"Those decisions can cost you games and those games can cost you the tournament. We work really hard to win the tournament and those kind of mistakes are not acceptable."
Earlier, the 'Mankad' dismissal of England batsman Jos Buttler by Ravichandran Ashwin also brought the umpiring decision into question.
The method of dismissal, named after former India player Vinoo Mankad, is legal but is seen by many as going against the spirit of the game, unless the batsman has been warned first.