The Rajasthan Royals (RR) v Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) match of the IPL 2022 saw some tense moments as the match trickled down to the last 2 overs as KKR tried to chase down 153 runs with Nitish Rana and Rinku Singh at the crease.
Sanju Samson had thrown the ball to his trusted bowler Prasidh Krishna as he had bowled well till that point. Nonetheless, he didn’t realize that he would go for 17 runs in the penultimate over. While he was hit for a couple of fours in the over, he also bowled multiple wide balls.
Most of the deliveries were bowled wide as the batter moved across his stumps, but the on-field umpire stuck to the rule and he called all those yorkers as wide balls, putting pressure on Prasidh Krishna.
Although the rules set by MCC states that the scope of wide may vary depending on the position of the batter, the umpire thought otherwise. Prasidh’s deliveries were even past the white line marking the pitch as the batter moved to the offside and he tried to keep the ball away from them.
This umpiring even led to Sanju Samson even asking for a DRS review to check for a wide ball call, as his frustrations were visible, even as KKR batters talked to Samson.
Not only Samson, but fans on Twitter couldn’t keep themselves from reacting to the on-field umpire’s calls of wide balls.
Here are some funny reactions: