CWC 2019: Suspension looms large over Kohli
There is no hiding to the fact that Indian skipper Virat Kohli gets animated at some point in the game, especially when his side is bowling. During the match between India and Bangladesh, Virat Kohli reacted a bit too strange with on-field umpires at Edgbaston in Birmingham which took everyone by surprise.
Indian captain could be starting at a suspension in case if he gets into further arguments with on-field umpires after another animated chat with the officials.
Kohli, who was already charged and handed a demerit point for protesting a ‘DRS decision’ during the game against Afghanistan, was once again seen confronting the umpires during the game against Bangladesh after the Indian team lost their precious review against Soumya Sarkar.
It all happened in the second ball of the 11th over when Mohammed Shami’s absolute gem of a delivery struck Soumya on the pads and there was a confident appeal for an LBW but the on-field umpire Marais Erasmus ruled it not-out immediately.
After the scene, Kohli went for a DRS review. After taking a closer look, Third umpire Aleem Dar, decided there was an inside edge which did not go past ‘Ultraedge’ to check ball-tracking. Soon after this, Virat Kohli rushed towards the umpires and then an argument broke out between him and on-field umpires.
Rohit Sharma came to the scene and calmed the skipper down and the match progressed.
It should be learnt that Virat Kohli was fined 25% of his match fee for excessive appealing against Afghanistan and that was his second offence since the revised Code came into effect in September 2016. Kohli now has 2 demerit points, one for the Afghanistan game and during the Test match against South Africa in January 2018.
As per the rules, if a player gets four demerit points in a 24-month stint, they are termed as suspension points, which means that two of such points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs/T20Is (whichever format comes first).
So, Virat Kohli will have to be careful as too much agitation and animation with the match officials in the next few games could lead to a suspension.