RCB vs PBKS IPL 2021 Match: 'Sack The 3rd Umpire' Controversial DRS Call-In Causes Uproar On Twitter

Devdutt Padikkal of Royal Challengers Bangalore was given a lifeline against Punjab Kings by a contentious DRS call, which generated uproar on Twitter.

RCB vs PBKS IPL 2021 Match: 'Sack The 3rd Umpire' Controversial DRS Call-In Causes Uproar On Twitter
RCB vs PBKS IPL 2021 Match: 'Sack The 3rd Umpire' Controversial DRS Call-In Causes Uproar On Twitter

A controversial DRS call that awarded Royal Challengers Bangalore's Devdutt Padikkal a second chance against Punjab Kings in Sharjah on Sunday has stirred uproar among cricket fans and experts on Twitter. The event occurred during Ravi Bishnoi's eighth over of RCB's innings against PBKS, when he bowled to Padikkal.

As Padikkal tried to reverse sweep a delivery, he failed to make a proper connection with the ball and wicketkeeper and PBKS captain KL Rahul promptly caught the ball. Both Bishnoi and Rahul appealed vigorously, convinced that Padikkal had nicked the delivery. On their appeal being turned down by the on-field umpire, Rahul opted for a review through DRS.

Replays showed a spike while the ball was going past Padikkal's glove but TV umpire K Srinivasan didn't seem convinced as he gave the batsman a clean chit. The 'not out' decision didn't go down well with Rahul, who had a discussion with umpire Ananthapadmanabhan.

Fans and pundits weren't pleased either, with former New Zealand cricketer Scott Styris reserving a few harsh words for the TV umpire.
"Sack the 3rd umpire immediately," Styris tweeted. "What a joke!"

"How was that Not Out???" former India opener Aakash Chopra wondered in a tweet.

Punjab Kings' official Twitter account also expressed surprise over the decision. "Whaaaaaaaaaat? Ultra Edge showed a spike but the third umpire feels otherwise," the franchise tweeted.

"Terrible umpiring, mistakes like that is unforgivable with so much technology and help these days!" tweeted former India cricketer Krishnamachari Srikkanth.

Earlier, RCB captain Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat first.