On Day 2 of the second Test between India and Australia, Virat Kohli fell victim to a controversial decision by the third umpire during his dismissal.
The batter was trapped leg before wicket by Matthew Kuhnemann in the 50th over. Despite the ball hitting the bat first before touching the pads, the third umpire intervened after Kohli challenged the decision. However, the umpire’s call ultimately stood as the final call.
KOHLI FELL PREY TO ANOTHER DEBUTANT, TWO TIMES IN TWO GAMES
Virat Kohli appeared to be in good form during his innings of 44 off 84 balls. But, Kohli was visibly upset with the third umpire’s decision as he made his way back to the dressing room. Matthew Kuhnemann, on the other hand, was thrilled to have taken his first Test wicket. Kohli’s dismissal left India struggling at 135/6 and put Australia in a commanding position. The third umpire’s decision was met with disappointment from Indian fans, who have been questioning Nitin Menon’s umpiring credentials.
The umpire’s decision left both the batting coach, Vikram Rathore and coach Rahul Dravid equally dissatisfied. Meanwhile, former India cricketers, Wasim Jaffer, and Abhinav Mukund deemed Kohli unlucky to have been given out.
As per Law 36.2.2 if the ball hits the pad and bat at the same it should consider as a bat first.
At the end of the day, Lyon said:
“I think the right decision was made. No doubt Virat would be saying that (he hit it) and it probably should have gone his way. Hats off to the umpires. It’s tough in these conditions. We bowlers are trying to put pressure on them to get the decision in our favour. In the end, the decision was right.”
This is not the first time that a debutant has taken Kohli’s wicket. In the last test as well, Murphy got Kohli who was playing his debut match.
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