Virat Kohli was involved in a heated exchange with on-field umpire Nitin Menon after
England captain Joe Root was the beneficiary of a controversial DRS decision in the second Test.
The moment came in the final over of day three in Chennai as India appealed for LBW off the bowling of Axa Patel.
Root played back to a skidding ball which hit his back pad before settling in Indian keeper Rishabh Pant’s gloves.
Indian roared an appeal only for Menon to turn them down. After quick deliberation Kohli chose to review.
Replays showed no evidence to indicate Root had hit the ball but when the third umpire moved to ball tracking it appeared to show contact with the pad flush in front of the stumps.
DRS, however, adjudged it “umpire’s call” and Root survived.
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A furious Kohli then confronted Menon over the decision before walking back to his fielding spot shaking his head.
English commentator Nick Knight was left perplexed by the call.
“I can understand why the Indian captain is remonstrating,” Knight said.
“It appeared to me that Joe Root began to withdraw his leg or straighten his back leg and by the time it hit him on his pad, you could see the off stump.
“I’m giving that out all day long. You see the way the knee straightens there, you can see off stump. I’m flabbergasted.
“It’s DRS that’s decided the impact was outside (the line of off stump) but my eyes aren’t as good as the Hawkeye but it just looked as though Joe Root had straightened his leg and it had hit him bang in front of middle and off.”
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The nature of Kohli’s approach to the umpire could see him face a potential ban though.
Article 2.8 in the ICC’s Code of Conduct covers “dissent at an Umpire’s decision”, and includes “arguing or entering into a prolonged discussion with the Umpire about his/her decision”.
Where Kohli could be in trouble relates to the specific section of Article 2.8 which states: “It shall not be a defence to any charge brought under this Article to show that the umpire might have, or in fact did, get any decision wrong.”
Speaking on Channel 4, former England captain Sir Andrew Strauss took issue with Kohli’s behaviour.
“It’s not Virat’s place to say [to the umpire], ‘Why did you make that decision?’ ” he said.
“It’s that slightly superior attitude he shows which grates with opposition players.”
If charged for his behaviour, Kohli could cop a level one or two offence, which would see him collection between one and four demerit points.
As he already has two points, a further two would see him suspended for one Test match.
There was plenty of debate online among the cricket community but some English scribes also took issue with Kohli’s approach to the umpire.
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