Umpire Error Cost India CWC 2019 World Cup Semi-Final? Controversy Erupts After Graph Shows 6 Fielders Outside 30-Yard Circle Before MS Dhoni's Run-Out in Powerplay 3
Graph shows 6 players outside 30-yard circle. (Photo Credits: @jaddulaxman4/Twitter)

Umpiring standards have not been up to the mark in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 (CWC 2019). And in the all-important, semi-final between India and New Zealand, there is a possibility of an umpiring error going unnoticed. Twitterati have come up with a graphic that shows six fielders outside the 30-yard circle a ball before MS Dhoni was run-out. MS Dhoni Retirement on Fans’ Mind After India Face Defeat Against New Zealand in Cricket World Cup 2019 Semi-Final.

As per rules, a maximum of five fielders can be allowed outside of the 30-yard circle in the third powerplay, but if one goes by the graph it shows six fielders protecting the boundary. MS Dhoni Run-Out Video: Watch Martin Guptill Direct Hit Throw to Dismiss MSD and Send New Zealand to CWC 2019 Final.

Fans on Twitter started reacting to it after it came to their notice. Some of the fans argued that Dhoni’s run-out was still valid but possibly he could have used different tactics with just five outside the circle.

Here are some tweets which claim 6-fielders were outside the 30-yard circle

This is shaping up as a big controversy

Clearly not happy with it

Irresponsible to say the least

Dhoni was run out in the penultimate over and that resulted in India’s defeat. The wicket-keeper batsman scored 50 off 72 balls and formed an important partnership with Ravindra Jadeja for the seventh wicket. MS Dhoni Has Not Told Us Anything About Retirement, Says Virat Kohli.

MS Dhoni came out to bat at number seven with India’s score reading 71 for five and later added 116 runs for the seventh wicket with Jadeja. The duo did well to take India close to the target but perished in the final hurdle.