Indian captain Virat Kohli is known for his on-the-face attitude and his attention to detail on the field of cricket. The fourth day of the ongoing first Test in Chennai bore witness to how attentive the Indian captain is on the field. Kohli was seen warning umpire Nitin Menon as he failed to notice England bowler Jofra Archer for running down the middle of the pitch on day four.
The 32-year-old told the umpire Menon: “Oye Menon, Seedhe run bhi beech mein bhad raha hai yaar kya hye.” (Translation: “Hey Menon, he is running in the middle of the pitch”).
Under the Laws of Cricket, a bowler or a batsman must not run on the protected area. A batsman must avoid running on the pitch. On the other hand, a bowler must ignore running on the area during his follow-through after a delivery. This is the region where the ball usually bounces. In case, if it is damage by the bowler or batsman’s footmarks then it can lead to an unfair advantage to the bowling side.
India in huge trouble
Having conceded a huge first-innings lead of 240 to England, the hosts are in trouble chasing 420 to win the game. As of now, India re reduced to 169 for 6 with as many as 251 runs to get. As long as Kohli, who has brought up a well-fought fifty, remains in the middle, India will be fancying a draw if not a win.
England have been on the top of their game from the very first session on the final day. The visitors removed Cheteshwar Pujara early on before James Anderson ran through the hosts dismissing set Shubman Gill, Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant. With the pitch weathered out, it is a big ask for the hosts to play out 52 more overs. If India loses the game, it will be a huge blow to their hopes of featuring in the World Test Championship final at Lords.
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