On Tuesday, the Mumbai Indians off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said that his team captain Rohit Sharma did not misbehave to the match umpire but only trying to clarify the rules. Rohit was at the match ground when they needed 17 off the last final over chasing to win 161 against Rising Pune Supergiants at the Wankhede Stadium.
After the wickets loss of Hardik Pandya in the first ball, Rohit hit a six in the second but Jaydev Unadkat pushed the third delivery wide after considering Sharma shuffle across the stumps.
Discharging the ball was turn away from the main line for wide deliveries, Rohit left it alone but umpire S Ravi did not call it a wide. Rohit was disappointed with the decision by the umpire and walked up and protested to square-leg umpire A Nand Kishore.
After the match, off-spinner Harbhajan told the reporters at the post-match conference, “The ball was too far outside, to be honest, but I don’t really know whether it was wide or not. If both the batsman’s leg moves, then bowler should get the margin, but Rohit’s one leg had moved and as per me it should have been a wide.”
“But we have to move on with the umpire’s decision and they played better than us and it was a great game of cricket.”
“He (Rohit) wanted to check what is the rule then, where he need to stand, he did not shout at the umpire and asked him why did he not call a wide, he was asking where should I stand so that it is called a wide, if the bowl so outside, the more you move, the bowler will get the margin,” said Harbhajan.
Singh said that due to particular ball Sharma lost the momentum, “I don’t know whether momentum was lost (because of the wide not being called), Rohit was hitting nicely but unfortunately he ended up hitting the ball straight in the air. That’s what happens, cricket is a game, anything can happen.”
He added, “Just before that he hit a six and a similar ball went up in the air. I don’t think momentum would have lost, at that time (you need to do) as a batter, just see and hit the ball, Rohit was batting on 50 odd, so don’t think there were chances to lose the momentum.”