IPL 2019 has seen defending champions Chennai Super Kings rule the roost once more as Royal Challengers Bangalore continue their slump at the other end of the table.
The Indian Premier League’s twelfth season has been marred with controversies, some due to poor umpiring quality while others questioning the spirit of cricket and its place in the modern game.
#5 Sourav Ganguly ‘dual role’
Sourav Ganguly is the president of ‘Cricket Association of Bengal’ and was recently appointed the chief advisor for the Delhi Capitals franchise.
BCCI received complaints about Ganguly’s potential intervention in affecting the pitch conditions in the match between Kolkata and Delhi.
Later, Ganguly cleared that he is not a part of any BCCI committee and hence can’t affect the match in any manner.
#4 Lasith Malinga no ball incident
Royal Challengers Bangalore have lost all six matches they have played this season. They had a chance of winning one of those matches but a wrong decision from the umpire took the opportunity away from Kohli’s men.
With 7 runs required off the final ball, Lasith Malinga bowled a no ball and the umpire didn’t give the correct decision leading to a 5-run defeat for Bangalore.
Virat Kohli, no stranger to controversies, barged into the official’s room after the match and reportedly used some expletives.
#3 Zinger Bails
The zinger bails is the latest addition to cricket to excite the fans and make the game more attractive for the viewers.
But, it has often been seen in IPL 2019 that the bails light up and not fall off the wickets, making it a bit problematic.
Several incidents including a potential KL Rahul run-out from MS Dhoni and Chris Lynn’s potential wicket not given against Rajasthan Royals.
#2 MS Dhoni losing his cool
In Chennai Super Kings’ match against Rajasthan Royals, a no ball decision was reversed by the leg umpire causing some confusion.
MS Dhoni, earlier dismissed, stepped out from his dugout and came on the ground in an ongoing match to have some discussion with the umpires.
#1 ‘Mankading’ incident
Hands down, the biggest controversy of IPL 2019. Chasing 185, Jos Buttler was looking in fine form at 69 runs off 43 deliveries.
That’s when Kings XI Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin decided to ‘mankad’ the Englishman as he was strolling out of the crease.
Ashwin was slammed by many former cricketers while some defended the Punjab skipper saying his actions are protected by the laws of the game.