‘If the ball is hitting the stumps, it should be out’: Virat Kohli lashes out at Umpire’s call

If the ball is shown clipping the stumps, basic cricket common sense, I do not think there should be any debates on that: Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli in a discussion with umpire
Virat Kohli in a discussion with umpire

Indian skipper Virat Kohli opened up with his views on the ongoing debate of umpire’s call. Kohli reckoned that this concept is creating a lot of confusion right now. He suggested that if the ball is hitting the stumps, it should be out.

Kohli addressed this question asked by a journalist during a virtual press conference before the start of the ODI series against England. 

“Look, I have played in the time where there was no DRS. The umpire made the decision whether the batsman liked it or not, it stayed like that. Vice-versa, if the umpire gave it not out and it was out, it stayed like that,” he was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

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“Whether it was marginal or not, according to me, umpire’s call right now is creating a lot of confusion. When you get bowled as a batsman, you do not expect the ball to hit more than 50 per cent into the stumps to consider yourself getting bowled,” Kohli added.

Whether you like it or not, you should lose the review: Kohli

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

The 32-year old also mentioned that the fielding side’s reaction should also be considered while they claim the dismissal. He opined that if the ball is hitting the stumps, it should be given out, otherwise it must remain not out. The amount of ball clipping the stumps should not matter while making the decision.

“If the ball is shown clipping the stumps, basic cricket common sense, I do not think there should be any debates on that, if the ball is hitting the stumps, it should be out. Whether you like it or not, you should lose the review.

“If it hits the stumps or missing the stumps, it should not matter how much the ball is clipping because it is creating a lot of confusion. One more factor that needs to be considered is how the fielding team responds to a dismissal that is claimed,” Kohli further added.

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