POSTED AT 12:34 PM 21-03-2016
Mahela vents on Twitter; Questions Umpire decisions, Sri Lankan spirit
Sri Lankan Cricket legend Mahela Jayawardene took to twitter to vent his frustrations on the goings-on in the Sri Lanka Vs. West Indies, Group 1 match in the World T20 played yesterday (20th March) in Bangalore.
Soon after TM Dilshan was given out in a controversial LBW decision, Mahela made his opinions felt.
"Come on umps! It's a WC and u have to be better than this. That would hit 5th stump if they had one..." he tweeted.
He then followed up the tweet with one directed to the International Cricket Council, "It's time to use DRS on t-20 as well @ICC"
Mahela was also vocal about his frustrations with the Sri Lankan teams dismal batting, and soft dismissals.
"Have to say that disappointed with the batting effort by SL. Needed bit of fighting spirit when we lost two early wickets.", he tweeted.
Umpiring decisions during the match fell short of expectations several times, according to Cricket analysts. Mahela evidently thought so too, for he decided to take the umpires to task again.
"Come on umpires!!!!!!", his tweet shouted out.
Evidently, Mahela's frustration with the umpires knew no bounds. So much so he decided to make comparisons of them, with the Football referees that were officiating at the Manchester United match playing at the same time.
"Even the ref in the football game is bad....I am having a bad day... Bad luck SL and @ManUtd", a grumpy Mahela wrote.
The obvious humor aside, the fact that an internationally acclaimed player and sought after consultant would vent his frustrations so publicly, does seem to point to some serious errors in umpiring decision making. Question is, at this level of the game, is any of this excusable?
Mahela's response to a fan's query about going with Golf being a good idea in this scenario, seems to echo that question.
"Could be... And no umpires in that." Mahela wrote, before signing off for the night.