After losing the first Test match by 227 runs, Team India have made a remarkable comeback with a comprehensive 317-run victory against England in the second Test match in Chennai to level the four-match Test series 1-1. The Indian team was absolutely sensational in all the departments of the game to completely outplay the visiting England team and also keeping their chances alive of sealing that spot in the final of the ICC World Test Championship. However, Indian captain Virat Kohli finds himself in a huge trouble as he is in the danger of getting suspended ahead of the third Test match in Ahmedabad after his angry exchange of words with on-field umpire Nitin Menon.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli who is always known for his animated actions on the field was seen expressing his displeasure over the umpire’s decision over a DRS appeal against England captain Joe Root on the third day evening of the second Test match. Menon had actually adjudged Root not out after the Indian players went for a caught-behind appeal, however, Virat had reviewed the decision and was very much furious when the England captain was reprieved on umpire’s call during the ball-tracking technology getting applied to check for a possible lbw dismissal. In the review call, the ultra-edge clearly confirmed that the ball had missed the bat but it did struck the pad on its way through to wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant.
When the third umpire Anil Chaudhary applied ball-tracking, it showed that Axar Patel’s delivery would have gone to hit the stumps but the point of impact was ‘umpire’s call’. Eventually, Root survived the close call as the on-field umpire had given him not out which also forced Virat to get into an angry conversation with the umpire and the Indian captain could face some serious troubles due to the same.
After showing ‘dissent to an umpire’s decision’, Virat could possibly land in major trouble facing a Level 1 or Level 2 offense which could see him get between one and four demerit points. In his record from the past 24 months, Kohli already has two demerit points in his tally and another two points will mean that he will be suspended for one Test. It will surely be a huge blow for India if their captain and one of the best batsmen on the planet is suspended for the third India vs England Test match starting from February 24 in Ahmedabad.
“He cannot be speaking to umpires like that and inciting the crowd. He should be setting a much better example. Someone in his camp should be having a word and the match referee should be very interested. It’s calculated and it’s not a good look,” said veteran commentator David Lloyd.
On the other hand, former England captain Michael Vaughan said: “You can’t have this, I’m sorry. Kohli is such a powerhouse, you can’t have him intimidating the umpire. It’s a stinker of a decision but you can’t be doing that as a captain.”
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