In an IPL 2022 encounter against the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday, Gujarat Titans skipper Hardik Pandya responded to Matthew Wade’s contentious LBW dismissal. Wade missed an attempted sweep shot off Glenn Maxwell and it struck his pads on the third ball of the fifth over in the GT innings. Wade opted for the review when the umpire raised his finger, convinced that he had gotten some bat on it. However, replays revealed no significant spike as the ball passed the bat, thus the third umpire urged the on-field umpire to stick with his initial ruling of out. There was a slight rise’ on the ultra-edge, according to Pandya, but it wasn’t evident on the big screen.

“I believe there was a minor (increase) in the ultra-edge. It was not visible from the huge screen. Because you can’t criticize technology, and if technology isn’t assisting, I’m not sure who will,” Hardik remarked at the post-match news conference. GT, who had already qualified for the play-offs, were defeated by RCB by eight wickets.

“We wanted to give Lockie the chance, but the wicket was holding a little,” Hardik remarked when asked why he held back pace combo Mohammed Shami and Lockie Ferguson. So we were looking for bowlers who could bowl slower and take the speed off the ball.”

“In retrospect, you may say this person didn’t ball, but at the time, we did what we thought was proper.” We were constantly in the game, but that one over when Maxwell came in and scored an 18-ball 40 put us out.

“Otherwise, regardless of who didn’t bowl or who did bowl, we were always in the game, so that was good for me,” Hardik added.