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MR Singh

Madanmohan R Singh is a former cricket umpire from India. He was born on 31st July 1954.Singh was a very respected umpire in the domestic circuit with an experience of over 25 overs. However, he was only allowed a handful of chances in the international level.


Early Career


Singh didn’t have an earlier foray into the game of cricket as a player. He started out as an umpire.


Umpiring Career


He umpired his first international game on 26th February 1993 in the 4th ODI of England’s Tour of India at Bengaluru (then Bangalore).


He came under the spotlight when umpiring the game between India and South Africa on 9th March 2000. In the first One Day International game of South Africa’s tour of India, the Proteas put up 301 batting first with stellar performances from Gary Kirsten and Herschelle Gibbs. With India having to chase 302, Singh made a bad no-ball decision. He then signalled for a four and an Indian win although Kallis had recovered the ball by sliding. The third umpire clarified that the ball had not crossed the boundary and the match had to be restarted after the intervention of the match referee. Eventually, the Indians found the winning runs with two balls to spare. That was the last international game umpired by Singh.


Statistics


All in all, Singh has umpired in six One Day International games between 1993 and 2001.


Controversies


Singh again came in the fore when Suresh Shastri made a glaring error in the IPL game between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab. It was found that several umpires were promoted by the BCCI despite having lower ranks. While high-ranked umpires, including M.R. Singh who had been top rank for two consecutive years, had been ignored.


Retirement


Singh retired from professional cricket umpiring in 2000.

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