Nitin Menon played the umpire in four Test matches, five T20 matches and three matches played between India and England.
Nitin Menon is the only Indian umpire included in the ICC Elite Panel.
In the recent series between India and England, Indian umpire Nitin Menon did an amazing job. Most of his decisions were very accurate. Due to this Nitin Menon received a lot of applause. He is also the only Indian umpire included in the ‘Elite Panel’ of the umpires of the International Cricket Council (ICC). The 37-year-old umpire was included in the ICC Elite Panel umpires during the Kovid-19 pandemic in June last year, but got his first chance to hit the ground in February. The pandemic forced the ICC to appoint local umpires in a bilateral series. Nitin Menon said that his performance improves further under pressure and he would like to continue this great time (rhythm).
Menon played the role of umpire in four Test matches, five T20 matches and three matches played between India and England. Menon, who was quarantined in Chennai ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL), recalled the challenging time of the last two months in a conversation with PTI. He said, ‘The last two months have been very good. It gives great satisfaction when people see and appreciate your good work. It was challenging to umpire in it as both teams were struggling to make it to the finals of the World Cup championship and arrived here with an impressive victory abroad. Such pitches were also very challenging.
Only five out of 40 decisions went wrong
Menon, who became the third Indian to make it to the ICC Elite Panel after S Venkataraghavan and S Ravi, said, “This series was between two top-ranked teams in the world. Keeping all these things in mind, I am happy that we performed well as an umpiring team. In the limited overs series, 40 referrals were used against Menon’s decision (seeking the help of the third umpire) but his decision was changed only five times. Menon, who has consistently umpired in big matches, said that it is about mental strength. They said,
Due to domestic cricket tournaments held in India, it is not new for me to participate in matches continuously. We umpire in an average of eight matches in the Ranji Trophy (four-day first-class match). It also travels from one place to another place. I believe umpiring is about mental strength. When the pressure is high, more attention will also have to be paid.
Menon could stay home for only two days in three months
After umpiring for two consecutive months, Menon got a chance to spend only two days at home. For IPL, he had to come in another bio-bubble environment. He said that living in bio bubble is very challenging. He said, ‘It is very challenging. On the day the match does not take place, the situation becomes more difficult because we cannot go out of the hotel. In the bubble, we live like family and take care of each other.
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