He is a modern day Jesus – Swann on Kohli’s walk-off against Pakistan
Former English spinner Graeme Swann was impressed with Virat Kohli’s gesture of walking away against Pakistan.
In the modern day cricket, it is very rare that the batsman walks away before umpires give him out. There was a recent incident this year in India’s domestic cricket as well when Cheteshwar Pujara decided not to walk away despite edging the ball twice.
Meanwhile, this World Cup saw another different kind of story from the Indian captain Virat Kohli. He walked off despite not even nicking the ball against Pakistan in a crucial World Cup game. It all happened during Mohammad Amir’s over when he bowled a bouncer and Kohli missed the ball.
Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed appealed along with Amir as they thought he nicked the ball. Umpire Marais Erasmus only appeared to nod his head. But few seconds later, Kolhi walked away on his own as he thought he nicked the ball.
The replay and the ultra-edge clearly showed that there was a huge gap between bat and ball. However, former spinner Graeme Swann praised Kohli for his honesty.
“I’ve always hated non-walkers. I’ve had an argument with every batsman in the game. If you nick it and you stand there, you know you’ve nicked it. And you know you’re out and if you use the excuse ‘oh I’m letting the umpire decide whether I have or not.”
“You’re cheating yourself more than anything. Virat walked off and it turned out he didn’t even nick it. So he’s that honest. He’s given himself out when he’s even not. Honestly, he is a modern day Jesus,” Swann said on podcast.