On the eve of the first ODI against England, Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli opined that the umpire’s call is creating confusion. He thinks if the ball hits the stumps, it doesn’t matter how much it hits.
As the umpire's call continues to create a divide in world cricket, Virat Kohli was asked to share his thoughts on the same ahead of the first ODI against England. "I've played for a long time when there was no DRS," the India captain said on the eve of the first ODI against England. "When the umpire gave it out, whether the batsman liked it or not, it stayed out. And if the umpire gave it not out, and it was out, it stayed like that. Whether it was marginal or not.”
Kohli continued, "According to me, umpire's call is creating a lot more confusion. When you get bowled as a batsman, you don't consider that the ball was hitting more than 50 percent for you to be bowled. So when the ball is shown clipping the stumps, the bails are going to fall. From a basic cricket common sense, I don't think there should be any debate.”
He explained, "If the ball is clipping the stumps, it should be out. Whether you like it or not you lose the review. That's how simple the game needs to be. If it hits the stumps, or it misses the stumps, it doesn't matter how much it is hitting, and those things."
Kohli had also argued about the soft-signal ruling after the fourth T20I against England. The Indian cricket team captain believes that the way the fielding team responds to the catches somehow defines the soft signals. "Which is, again, what the spirit of the game is and what those guidelines are. Because if things like that happen with the Indian cricket team overseas, you are talking about a totally different conversation about the spirit of the game.”
Captain stressed the seriousness of the issue and thinks that ICC should work on these grey area factors of the game, “which leave you with no clarity, to be the defining characters of those big tournaments.”