“TV Umpires Make a Lot of Mistakes” U Mumba Captain Fazel Atrachali

Fazel Atrachali

The major highlight of the match between Dabang Delhi and U Mumba was the High 5 from Captain Joginder Narwal and in-form Ravinder Pahal and above all Naveen performance, who scored eight successive Super 10 taking Dabang Delhi towards victory 40-24 over U Mumba at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex in Delhi on Wednesday. 

The match was full of controversies, the question were raised on why U Mumba send defenders instead of raiders during the match.

But the biggest controversy of the match was raid by Naveen, which was questioned by Fazel Atrachali in the press conference. 

Fazel Atrachali

In the post-match press conference, Dabang Delhi K.C. coach Krishan Kumar Hooda, captain Joginder Singh Narwal and raider Naveen Kumar took questions for their team while U Mumba were represented by skipper Fazel Atrachali and assistant coach Upendra Singh.

Question: You started off the match with 4-0 lead, but after that what really happened. What were the mistakes?

Upendra Singh:  Fist of all I say both the teams had strong defense unit, yes we started off well and even controlled Naveen and Ranjeet, but in tehse scenarios one or two mistakes can cost you the match.

When both the teams have good defense and one team has 2 points lead, then the other team is always under pressure to level the scoreline

Question: There was no raider in U Mumba squad, despite using the substitutes the defenders were asked to raid that gave lead to Delhi, so was that a tactical error?

Upender Singh: We had 2-3 raiders and the team, the main defender Sandeep brought us point during the raid, but after his catch during raid and immediately Surinder also got out. That really cost us.

Question: What do you have to say on that point scored by Naveen, which was later reviewed 

Fazel Atrachali: I think it was 99% no-touch, but sometimes review is missed I don’t know. I feel it was a mistake, I saw a lot of time that TV umpires make a lot of mistakes.

Question: You were in a special chat with Naveen after the match. What was all that about?

Fazel: I told Naveen it was no touch, but it was no problem because we are players, you can feel it was touch and I can feel it was no touch. But I told him to go and check later because I don’t believe in TV referees.

Question- What will be your strategy for the next match, especially in the raiding department?

Fazel: Jaipur is a good team, if we make mistakes will we will lose. We have to play really well and make less mistakes to defeat the Jaipur Pink Panthers.

Question: Last match you lost to Jaipur, will this be the revenge time ?

Fazel: Last time we didn’t have much idea about Jaipur, this time it is different and I think this time we will perform better against them.

Leave a Reply