ICC World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli walks despite not edging the Mohammad Amir delivery
Kohli could've done a lot of damage had he stood his ground and played the rest of the overs.
Published - Jun 16, 2019 8:38 pm | Updated - Jun 16, 2019 8:38 pm
There was a lot of hype surrounding India’s match versus Pakistan on Sunday at the Old Trafford in Manchester. After the Men in Blue, lost the toss and were put in to bat first, Rohit’s Sharma’s century coupled with half-centuries from skipper Virat Kohli and KL Rahul helped India post 336 on the board. Amidst some riveting cricket, there was a slight controversy surrounding Kohli’s dismissal.
He scored a magnificent 77 runs off 65 balls with the help of seven boundaries and was looking good to add another ton to his inflated tally. However, just when he was about to tee off in the death overs, left-arm speedster Mohammad Amir got his number. On the fourth ball of the 48th over, Amir churned out a vicious bouncer, well directed and at a good clip, Kohli tried to hook it but didn’t quite get hold. The ball nestled into Sarfaraz Ahmed’s gloves and the bowler was excited, even the keeper seemed to be lukewarm about it.
To their disappointment, the on-field umpire didn’t seem to pay heed to the appeal. However, Kohli started walking off towards the pavilion and was automatically considered out as India lost their fifth wicket with the score at 314 in 47.4 overs. However, replays had a different story to narrate altogether regarding the dismissal. The Ultra-Edge didn’t show any spike and as there was clear daylight when the ball passed the bat.
In real-time, a sound could be heard, which could’ve been a creak from the handle of Kohli’s bat which made him believe he had edged it. After the 30-year-old returned to the dressing room, the Indian skipper indicated that the ball had made the connection with the handle of the willow. The connection wasn’t identified in the Ultra-Edge. They even tried to figure out in the dressing room if there was something wrong with his bat which made the sound.
However, had he stood his ground, Kohli would’ve been given not out even with a review and could’ve done more damage and maybe notch a century as well.
Here is the video of Virat Kohli’s dismissal:
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— Rahul (@Legendelof) June 16, 2019
11000 runs milestone for Kohli
During his stay in the middle, Kohli also became the fastest batsman to score 11,000 ODI runs in 222 innings, surpassing the Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar. The enigmatic batsman was also involved in a stand of 118 runs with Rohit, who got a 113-ball 140, for the second wicket in 87 balls.