Our far-reaching influence and might extends to all forms of the game. The IPL's first few years were all about the players, cheerleaders and Preity Zinta's dimple. Well guess what? We're back, baby!
I have reliable information that the umpire standing in the Deccan Chargers v Mumbai Indians match on Monday 9th April the square leg umpire decided not to refer Kumar Sangakkara's 'bowled' appeal. He thought he wasn't getting enough airtime because players and other celebrities were hogging the limelight.
And I can understand where he's coming from. Apart from the Chennai Super Kings, no one has to sport a more ridiculous colored outfit than the on-field umpire. That red t-shirt deserves much more visibility. What also had the umpire teed off was that he had to make inane conversation with some commentators. He told them that it wasn't a good idea to talk to him.
He may miss a nick. And he did, didn't he?
Yes, he knew the batsman was out bowled. There was enough cause for referring it to the third umpire. But why should he? Without getting his due attention and coverage? Once he did, he referred it, right? It's simple, really.
Now, don't get us wrong. We're not spiteful. We also want our fair share of the limelight from this IPL. We're not paid anywhere as well as the players are. We spend as much time as they do on the field. We have our skills. But no one is showing our stats when we walk in. Everyone loves to criticize us anyways. So we're justifying their criticism.