Did Mumbai Indians cheat for a review signal? Viral video clearly shows the truth

Did Mumbai Indians cheat for a review signal? Viral video clearly shows the truth

Things haven't been great for the Mumbai Indians so far in IPL 2024. Amidst all the controversies related to Hardik Pandya, the five-time champions have recently caught cheating on camera

The ongoing IPL 2024 season has been thrown into a fresh controversy after a video emerged from the Mumbai Indians vs Punjab Kings match on April 19th.

Did MI team cheat vs PBKS?

The incident, which occurred on the final ball of the 15th over, centered around whether the MI dugout illegally influenced Suryakumar Yadav’s decision to review the umpire’s call.

Suryakumar, batting at a fiery 67 off 47 balls, attempted to chase a delivery by Arshdeep Singh that landed well outside the off-stump. The umpire, Vineet Kulkarni, adjudged it a legal ball. However, replays captured animated gestures from the MI dugout. Head coach Mark Boucher appeared to mimic a wide signal. Notably, Tim David and Kieron Pollard were also clearly shot urging Suryakumar to take a review.

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After a brief discussion, MI batters did opt for a review. This led to the apparent displeasure of PBKS captain Sam Curran. Curran was seen pointing towards the dugout before the decision was referred to the third umpire. The decision was ultimately overturned, awarding a wide to Mumbai.

It is allowed to get help from dugout for DRS?

The IPL’s code of conduct plays a key role in maintaining fair play during matches. Article 2.15 (b) specifically targets situations like the one involving the Mumbai Indians. This rule essentially prohibits any player on the field from relying on signals or instructions from the dugout to decide on requesting a referral to the TV Umpire.

In this case, while Suryakumar Yadav himself might not have directly requested signals. However, the actions of the MI dugout – particularly the gestures by Tim David and Kieron Pollard – could be interpreted as them trying to influence his decision regarding the referral.


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