The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday shared the video of Virat Kohli’s controversial dismissal in the Mumbai Test and asked the netizens if the Indian captain was out or not. Kohli, who was returning to red-ball cricket after a short break, failed to open his account in the second Test against New Zealand at the Wankhede Stadium.
Kohli was wrapped on the front pad by Ajaz Patel in the 30th over of India’s innings and the on-field umpire adjudged him out after the New Zealand players went up in appeal. Kohli was not convinced and he immediately opted for the Decision Review System after umpire Anil Chaudhary raised his finger.
The on-field camera replays showed that Kohli got an inside edge but it was difficult to ascertain whether the ball hit the bat first before hitting the pad or if the impact happened at the same time. Third umpire Virender Sharma asked Anil Chaudhary to stand with the original decision and Virat Kohli had to walk away to the dressing room in disbelief.
Kohli was seen discussing the decision with Dravid after he went in the dressing room as Patel rocked India with two wickets in the over. They also lost a review because of Kohli’s unsuccessful referral. Kohli’s dismissal sparked debate on social media and BCCI’s official Twitter handle too shared the video while asking the netizens if the India captain was out or not.
Error from the umpire: Bangar backs Kohli
“I certainly felt the ball hit the bat first. If you look at that deviation as to where the ball was going after the impact, clearly the ball hit the pad. There was wood on it. Otherwise, there was no chance the ball would have come back that much and hit the pad. Clearly, it was an error on the part of the umpire,” Sanjay Bangar told broadcasters.
“What happens when the 3rd umpire looks to make a decision like that, if he looks to slow it down further and further, then it becomes difficult. It’s rather a good thing for the umpire to see it in real time. That’s where you get the cue that there is obviously a deviation. Too much emphasis on slowing it down actually makes it confusing for the 3rd umpire in making the right decision.
“He (Ajaz Patel) was phenomenal. He was tossing up the ball and using the moisture to good effect. The way he was always attacking the stumps, most of them were on good length, he wasn’t afraid of throwing it up and into the driving areas. That was in the driving area. He got those 3 crucial dismissals, which was what New Zealand were looking for,” Bangar added.