- The on-field umpires (Anil Chaudhary and Nitin Menon) and the TV umpire (Virender Sharma) have had a tough game.
- Virat Kohli let out his frustration after another umpiring error.
The ongoing 2nd Test between India and New Zealand has been nothing short of drama and entertainment apart from some brilliant cricket. From Ajaz Patel’s 10-fer to New Zealand bundling out on 62, it’s been an action-packed game of Test at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. However, the contest has had its fair share of controversies.
With Virat Kohli back leading Team India, it was quite expected that he will be at the helm of most of the talking points in the game. And guess what, King Kohli never disappoints! It was his dismissal in the 1st innings which initiated a huge debate among various experts in the cricket fraternity.
Although the 33-year-old had to make the long way back to the pavilion, it was quite evident that he wasn’t really impressed with the decision. And in the second innings, he finally got an opportunity to take a cheeky dig at the umpires.
Virat Kohli not happy with umpires in Mumbai
During the 16th over of New Zealand’s second innings, Axar Patel bowled a skiddy delivery which deceived both the batsman Ross Taylor and keeper Wriddhiman Saha as the ball raced towards the boundary. However, the umpire opined that the ball had got an inside edge off Taylor’s bat as he signalled it as runs instead of byes.
The decision left the Indian captain absolutely perplexed as he could not believe that it had given runs off the bat. In a sarcastic tone, Kohli was heard on stump mic saying, “Ye kya karte hain yaar ye log yaar… Main udhar aajata hu tum idhar aajao,” presumably taking a dig at the umpires for their decisions throughout the game.
Watch the video here:
— S´ˎ˗ | Kohli, The Captain. (@Kohlian_luvlush) December 5, 2021
The on-field umpires (Anil Chaudhary and Nitin Menon) and the TV umpire (Virender Sharma) have had a tough game with quite a few decisions getting overturned. However, there is no doubt that these are a few of the best officials in Indian cricket right now and just like the players, they can also have an off outing on the field.
If we have to see the funny side of the story, Kohli’s cheeky remark on Day 3 might just motivate the umpires also to up their game as even they would not want someone as good as him to enter the umpiring business, increasing the competition.