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A Chris Jordan short run in the 19th over meant that the scores were level at the end of the two innings

A Chris Jordan short run in the 19th over meant that the scores were level at the end of the two innings

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."

What exactly happened?

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.

How has the umpiring decision been received?

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.

"What's the point of technology if it cannot be used?", Preity tweeted. "It's high time BCCI introduced new rules. This cannot happen every year."

"While a human error can happen and we understand that, there is no room for human errors like these in a world-class tournament like the IPL," CEO Satish Menon was quoted saying by PTI. "This one could cost us a playoff berth. A loss of a game is a loss of a game. It is unfair. I hope the rules are reviewed so that there is no margin for human error."

Scott Styris @scottbstyris Terrible 'one short' decision in tonight's @IPL game. However if you need 1 run off the last 2 balls and don't win... you only have yourself to blame. #WhatAMatch 07:08 PM • Sep 09, 2020

While Preity was clearly disappointed with the decision and result, she also spoke on the need for her team to look ahead with a long way to go still in this tournament. "I've always been graceful in win or loss and the spirit of the game but it's also important to ask for policy changes that improve the game in the future for everyone. The past has happened and it's important to move on. So looking ahead and being positive as always."

Virender Sehwag @virendersehwag I don’t agree with the man of the match choice . The umpire who gave this short run should have been man of the match. Short Run nahin tha. And that was the difference. #DCvKXIP 06:37 PM • Sep 09, 2020

What went wrong?

Dean Jones and Tom Moody have promoted discussions on Twitter about where the square leg umpire was standing. According to the replays, Menon was not standing in line with the crease and might have been a victim of the parallax error. (The umpire isn't able to stand aligned to the crease these days to make room for the side-on cameras.)

Hemant @hemantbuch @ProfDeano Deano, he has to stand off the crease to allow the run out cameras a clear view of the crease. If he stands on the crease, the director asks 3rd ump to get him to move. So it’s the right position, but not for judging short runs. He should have asked 3rd ump to check short run 03:19 AM • Sep 09, 2020

"From that angle, it's understandable why he gave the decision that he did," tweeted Jones in reply.

Fellow Australian Tom Moody also echoed his thoughts but wondered why technology didn't intervene. "A clear oversight which I'm sure/hope is corrected moving forward. You would've thought all these areas would've been scrutinised post the World Cup last year!!" he tweeted.

Is there an argument for summoning more technology at disposal?

Yes. At a time when a special umpire has started monitoring front-foot no-balls, there is a logical question of why IPL can't bring in more of the third umpire into play. If not for this error, KL Rahul's men would have technically won the game off the third ball of the 20th over but instead still needed one more off the final three balls.

Where from here?

The matter is now with match referee Javagal Srinath who will be taking over from here.

This isn't the first time when poor umpiring and lack of technological application has engulfed the IPL -- and the past incidents have played their part in adding fuel to the ongoing discussion around Menon's error.

In 2019, Virat Kohli minced no words in criticising S Ravi's oversight when the umpire missed Lasith Malinga's no-ball in the final over of a tight game against Mumbai Indians.

"We are playing at the IPL level. It's not club level, the umpires should have their eyes open. That was a big no-ball," a livid Kohli had said at the post-match presentation ceremony. Even Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma was critical of the standard of umpiring during the match.

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