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Virat abuses IPL match umpire for match decision

March 31, 2019

Virat Kohli, captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) team stormed into the match referee's room and abused him after his team lost by six runs to the Mumbai Indians (MI) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter in Bengaluru.

RCB needed seven runs off the last delivery of the match when the on-field umpire S Ravi failed to notice a no-ball by Lasith Malinga. This would have given RCB an extra run and a free hit thereby giving them a chance to win the game.

But RCB lost by six runs and after the presentation ceremony, an angry Kohli is said to have barged into the match referee Manu Nayyar's room and abused him about the poor officiating. He also told Nayyar that he didn't care about violating the code of conduct.

At the post-match conference, Kohli again expressed his anger.

We are playing at IPL level, not club cricket. That is just a ridiculous call off the last ball. The umpires should have their eyes open, it was a no-ball by an inch. It is a completely different game altogether [if there was the extra delivery]. They should have been sharper and more careful out there. - Virat Kohli, Captain, Royal Challengers Bangalore

Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma also supported Kohli. "These kind of mistakes are not good for the game of cricket, it's pretty simple. In the over before that, Bumrah bowled a ball which wasn't a wide. Those are game changers. There's a TV up there, they have to watch what's happening. It is as simple as that. Players can't do much. The only thing they can do is walk off and shake hands because it was the last ball. It's disappointing to see that. I hope they rectify their mistakes like we do when we make mistakes".

There has been massive criticism of the umpiring decision by many commentators and cricketers as well. Harsha Bhogle said, "This incident will hasten the process of checking the line on every ball bowled. Before the next ball is bowled, the 3rd umpire checks the legality of the previous one. Won't hold up play, there are locked off cameras anyway, will only take a few secs while normal activity is on".

Former English cricketer Kevin Pietersen also said this should not have happened. "In the world of technology that we live in, a NO BALL like that should NOT happen! Believe with the technology that's being used in cricket for different things what happened in the #MIvsRCB match highlighted that more should be done."

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