Virat Kohli in animated post-match chat with umpire as ex-cricketers clash over controversial dismissal in RCB vs KKR | Crickit

Virat Kohli in animated post-match chat with umpire as ex-cricketers clash over controversial dismissal in RCB vs KKR

Apr 22, 2024 08:56 AM IST

Virat Kohli's dismissal against KKR triggered mixed reactions, and the host broadcasters also jumped in to provide an explanation.

Controversy erupted during Royal Challengers Bengaluru's IPL 2024 match against Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday, as Virat Kohli's dismissal in the game drew significant attention from fans and former cricketers. Kohli received a high full toss from Harshit Rana, which kept the RCB batter off-guard as he could barely put the bat on the ball; while Rana took the catch, Kohli remained unmoved as he believed it was a no ball.

Virat Kohli seemingly discusses his KKR dismissal(X)
Virat Kohli seemingly discusses his KKR dismissal(X)

The delivery, which appeared to dip towards the batter, was marginally above waist height when Virat Kohli made contact with it. The RCB opener was positioned just outside the crease at the time of contact.

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TV umpire Michael Gough then assessed the delivery's height using Hawk-Eye tracking technology, determining that had Kohli been upright at the crease, the ball would have passed his waist at a height of 0.92 meters. Considering Kohli's measured waist height of 1.04 meters, it was established that the ball would have passed below his waist had he been within the crease.

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Based on this assessment, the delivery was deemed legal, with Gough making the decision based on the available height reference. However, the decision infuriated Kohli who burst out at the on-field umpires for the call, and shook his head as he made his way back to the RCB dugout. Even after the match ended, a video showed Kohli in an animated chat with umpire Vinod Seshan.

As Kohli walked back, Seshan called for him and it seemed the duo discussed the dismissal in question.


Mixed reactions

While Kohli was having none of it as he walked back furiously following the dismissal, the former cricketers have a mixed opinion on whether the RCB batter was out.

Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan deemed the ball legal, and also made a video explaining the decision. He reiterated the new BCCI rule for the Indian Premier League, explaining the above-mentioned process in a visual manner.

However, former India batter Mohammed Kaif didn't seem to agree with the call. Taking to his official X, formerly Twitter, account, Kaif called it “unfair” and stated that the the decision should be made on the point of the impact.

“My take on Virat Kohli dismissal: It's an unfair call. If the ball is waist high at the time bat meets ball it should ruled as no ball. Also I have always felt that the ball tracking shows a sharper dip,” wrote Kaif.

RCB eventually lost the match by just one run, to incur their seventh loss in the ongoing IPL 2024 season.

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