Nurul Hasan, Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batter, has recently said on Wednesday that the on-field umpires had missed the “fake fielding” from Virat Kohli during their five-run defeat in the ICC T20 World Cup encounter in Adelaide. However, the incident took place in the seventh over of Bangladesh’s run-chase when Virat Kohli feigned as if he were relaying an Arshdeep Singh throw from the deep.
However, neither the umpires, Marais Erasmus and Chris Brown, saw it, nor did the two batters – Litton Das and Najmul Hossain Shanto as well.
According to Law 41.5, pertaining to unfair play, shares that the “deliberate distraction, deception or obstruction of [the] batter”, and if an incident happens to be a breach, the umpire can declare that particular delivery as dead ball, and give the batting side five runs as well.
Meanwhile, Nurul told reporters had that decision gone Bangladesh’s way it could have been a victory for them as well. However, India emerged the winner by five runs [DLS method], the exact margin of the run penalty related with fake fielding.
“Certainly the field was wet and it had an impact and everyone saw that and eventually what I felt is that when we were talking there was a fake throw and it could have been a five run penalty and that could have gone our way but unfortunately even that didn’t come,” Nurul told reporters.
Virat Kohli, Shakib Al Hasan engage words during T20 World Cup game
Incidentally, the Group 2 match saw other umpiring decisions come to the limelight. During the 16th over of India’s innings, Virat Kohli gestured to the square-leg umpire about Hasan Mahmud infringing the one bouncer per over rule after top-edging a pull shot as well. Umpire Erasmus upheld the no-ball call leading to a quick coming together of Virat Kohli, Shakib Al Hasan and Erasmus.
Later in the game, Bangladesh came to resume their chase soon after heavy rain had left the ground sodden also. Shakib Al Hassan was seen running his hand through the grass while the umpires spoke to the two captains about the playing conditions in the rain-shortened game as well.