Nurul Hasan likely to be sanctioned for criticizing match officials on Virat Kohli’s ‘fake fielding’ matter
Nurul Hasan sparked massive controversy after he accused Virat Kohli of ‘fake fielding’ in the match between India and Bangladesh at the T20 World Cup 2022 on Wednesday (November 2). The Bangladesh wicketkeeper made the allegations in a post-match press conference following India’s 5-run win.
The incident happened in the seventh over when Liton Das pushed Axar Patel‘s delivery into a gap to run two. Fielder Arshdeep Singh threw the ball towards the non-striker’s end. However, Virat Kohli, who was fielding at point, gestured to possess the ball and actioned a throw towards the wicketkeeper’s end.
The moment went unnoticed by both the batters present at the crease and even the on-field umpire didn’t have a reaction to it. Nurul called out the umpires after the match as he felt that Bangladesh should have been awarded five runs for Kohli’s fake throw. That might have turned the tables as the Tigers lost the match by exactly five runs.
“We all saw that it was a wet ground. Eventually, when we talk about these things, there was also a fake throw. It could have been a five-run penalty. That also could have gone our way, but unfortunately, even that didn’t materialise,” he said. However, it seems that this might put Nurul himself in trouble.
As per reports published by PTI, the 28-year-old might be sanctioned for publicly criticizing the match officials. The reason behind it is that Shanton and Liton didn’t get distracted or get in a disadvantage position. Hence, the application of ‘fake fielding’ law doesn’t apply here, which means the umpire did nothing wrong.
Harsha Bhogle comes in support of Virat Kohli
Harsha Bhogle is one of the most renowned commentators around the globe and has earned immense respect. He took to Twitter to dismiss the controversy around fake fielding and the wet outfield. He feels that those are just excuses and one should not entertain them that much.
The victory of Pakistan over South Africa on Thursday (November 3) has made things even more interesting. Team India will be under pressure to win against Zimbabwe on Sunday (November 6) to avoid any late drama in their qualification to the next round of the event.