India vs Bangladesh World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli was seen in an animated discussion with on-field umpires during India’s match against Bangladesh in Birmingham on Tuesday.
Virat Kohli lost his cool with umpires Marais Erasmus and Ruchira Palliyaguruge during India’s 8th match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup against Bangladesh in Birmingham on Tuesday. Kohli was furious after India lost a review when the third umpire did not use ball-tracker for an LBW call.
After the second ball of the 11th over of the Bangladesh innings bowled by Mohammed Shami, things got really heated in the middle. Shami hit Soumya Sarkar on the pads and there was a huge appeal for a leg before wicket.
Marais Erasmus, one of the on-field umpires ruled it not out and Virat Kohli took a review with only 5 seconds remaining. On referral, it did look like the ball was missing leg-stump.
Third umpire Aleem Dar decided there was an inside edge and did not go past Ultraedge to check ball-tracking. Therefore, Erasmus’s decision was not overturned and India lost the only review.
Virat Kohli immediately got into an argument with the on-field umpires.
TV replays after the DRS call shed light on what could have irked Kohli. Had Dar used ball-tracking, it would have been umpire’s call touching the leg stump. Teams do not lose reviews on umpire’s call.
MS Dhoni, India’s best judge of the DRS, had gone off the field for a short break. Rishabh Pant was keeping wickets in Dhoni’s absence.
This is not the first time Virat Kohli was seen in an animated chat with the umpires in World Cup 2019. After the match against Afghanistan, Virat Kohli was fined 25 per cent of his match fee for excessive appealing.
Incidentally, in the game against Afghanistan, the on-field umpire who Kohli had approached with an over-the-top appealing was Aleem Dar.
That offence was Virat Kohli’s second since the introduction of the revised Code in September 2016. The India captain now has 2 demerit points – one was added during a Test match against South Africa in January 2018.
According to rules, when a player reaches four or more demerit points within a 24-month period, they are converted into suspension points and a player is banned Two suspension points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whatever comes first for the player.