Virat Kohli criticizes on-field umpire decisions & demands for “more clarity” in on-field Umpire decisions as two on-field decisions during India’s Innings went against hosts which could have gone either way.
After registering an eight runs victory in the 4th T20I against England, India’s captain Virat Kohli said that he fails to understand why the on-field umpire has to give a soft signal as “out” when the player himself is not sure whether he has taken a catch or not.
“There was an occasion in the Test Series when Ajinkya Rahane caught the ball & wasn’t sure about it, When there is a half-&-half effort a soft signal becomes more important. I don’t understand why there can’t be an “I don’t know” call for the on-field umpires? You want these things to be settled down to keep the game linear. We surely want more clarity in the on-field decisions!” Virat Kohli said to the broadcaster Star Sports at the post-match presentation.
During India’s Innings, two umpiring decisions were controversial & could have gone either way. Suryakumar Yadav was dismissed by Sam Curran as he tried to play a ramp shot but Dawid Malan took the catch. Replays indicated that the ball might have touched the ground when Malan was taking the catch. However, as the soft signal of the on-field umpire was out, the third umpire went with the on-field decision due to “lack of conclusive evidence”.
Similarly in the last over of India’s Innings, Washington Sundar played an uppercut shot which was caught by Adil Rashid at the boundary rope, however, replays indicated that Rashid’s foot have touched the boundary rope. But third umpire Virender Sharma still stayed with the on-field umpire’s decision & gave Washington Sundar as out. These two decisions have raised a question mark on the credibility of the on-field umpire decisions.