At this point in the Twenty20 World Cup, Virat Kohli is the player with the most runs scored overall, which is a testament to the fantastic form he is displaying. The former captain of India has played four matches thus far and has racked up 220 runs, including three half-centuries along the way. Even though Kohli has been making headlines for his outstanding performance in the competition, there have been accusations levelled at India’s star hitter for putting the umpires in a difficult position.
The first of the two incidents took place in Melbourne during an important match between India and Pakistan. It had enraged several spectators who came from the other side of the border. An umpire called a no-ball on a delivery by Mohammad Nawaz in the final over of the match because he judged that the ball was hit too high above the waist. After that, the spectators contended that the umpires had signaled the no-ball after Kohli had made his motion.
Also Read | ‘You’ve always been…’: Jayawardene Responds with Class after Kohli Breaks Sri Lanka Great’s World Record at T20 WC Jayawardene responds with class after Kohli breaks Sri Lanka Great’s World Record at T20 WC.
During the match between India and Bangladesh that took place in Adelaide on Wednesday, a situation extremely like the one described above occurred. The umpire, Marais Erasmus, ruled that a short delivery by Hasan Mahmud was a no-ball, and Kohli was once again observed waving towards the official.
During their conversation on A Sports, Pakistani superstars Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, and Shoaib Malik devoted much time and energy to dissecting the event. It was at the time that the pace great Waqar Younis remarked that umpires sometimes feel the pressure and acquiesce to Kohli because of the prominence that Kohli possesses.
During the Twenty20 World Cup encounter between India and Bangladesh, Suryakumar Yadav made an unbelievable gesture that he described as “Indian and proud.”
“Shakib is telling you to take care of your batting, and to leave the umpiring to the officials. He is repeating the things that both you and I have said. That if you are going to call something, you are going to put pressure on the umpire, and if you are going to put that pressure on him, then of course he will be a huge name. During the conversation, a former cricket player mentioned that sometimes umpires are put in stressful situations.
Akram, on the other hand, expressed his support for Kohli and stated, “I think it’s a natural thing for the batsman, and if they perceive a wide, they motion to the umpire regardless.” I am not familiar with today’s legal system. Perhaps a current participant can shed some light on the matter.