The former Indian wicketkeeper batsman Parthiv Patel is of the view that the assistant coaches of Delhi Capitals reacted very late and they should have stopped their captain Rishabh Pant from calling the players back straightaway.
After a high full toss was not given a no ball by the square leg umpire Nitin Menon in the last over of the game, Rishabh Pant insisted that it should be sent to the third umpire and checked on replays if it was above the waist or not.
But, rules suggest a waist-high full toss can only be checked for a no ball on TV replays, if the batsman is dismissed off that delivery. If the batsman is not dismissed, then it can be called a no ball only if the signal comes from the square leg umpire on the ground.
When the situation seemed to be getting out of hand with Pant repeatedly calling both of his batsmen back into the dugout, Shane Watson, who was one of the assistant coaches of Delhi Capitals and probably the head coach for the night in Ricky Ponting’s absence, intervened and asked Pant to calm down.
Shane Watson should have gone to Rishabh Pant much earlier: Parthiv Patel
But, according to Parthiv Patel, this should have happened much earlier, Watson should have intervened right at the very start because what Pant was trying to do was not right at all.
Parthiv Patel was speaking on Cricbuzz post match show and he clearly mentioned that the rule book allows the on-field umpires to go upstairs in case of waist high no balls only if there is a dismissal, else the no ball has to be called on the ground, which it was not and hence, it became the final decision.
Parthiv also thought that it was a 50-50 marginal call anyway and while from one angle, it looked like a no ball, from another angle it seemed as if the batsman was crouching a little bit and the ball was dipping. So, it was a tricky one.