Mumbai Indians’ (MI) unbeaten streak at home came to an end after Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) defeated them by 3 runs at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday. Chasing 161 runs to win the ‘Maharashtra Derby’, MI fell tantalisingly close after a valiant 58 by Rohit Sharma. The match was not short of a few dubious calls, specially in the last over where Jaydev Unadkat’s third-ball was not declared a wide ball after Sharma moved a few paces towards the wide line. MI’s senior player Harbhajan Singh, in the post-match conference on IPLT20.com, opened up about the whole wide controversy. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS), IPL 10 Match 28
Speaking to the media, Harbhajan said, “I mean ball toh kaafi bahar tha (the ball was well outside), to be honest.” He further added, “I don’t really know if it was actually a wide ball or not. If both the legs move, then the bowler should get the margin. If only one leg moves, like it had happened, then I feel it is a wide. In the end, you have to go with the umpire’s decision. He (Rohit) wanted to check what actually the rule is then, so that where he needs to stand. He did not shout at the umpire or ask why it was not given a wide. He just wanted to know where he should stand for the wide to be called and he was told that the amount he moves is the amount of margin the bowler gets.”
Speaking about Ben Stokes’ 19th over, Harbhajan said, “Coming to Ben Stokes, and ya that over was very crucial over for them. We did not get any boundary in that over. That over changed the scenario for them, you know that ok they were in the game. 17 to win they were always in the game.”
Harbhajan also notched up his 200th T20 wicket when he nabbed RPS skipper Steven Smith. “Firstly, I have been just trying to bowl the best I can, and bowl a bit slower on this track because Wankhede is not the kind of wicket the more you bowl fast you will get anything out of it. The faster you bowl, the further it will go. You have to basically bowl slower in the air and make the batsmen play the big shots. You need to utilise the bounce of the red soil. I just use my experience to bowl to different batsmen, obviously varying speeds is very important, and that is why I have gone for less than 6 in the tournament,” Harbhajan opined.