Former Pakistan cricketer Waqar Younis has blamed former Indian captain Virat Kohli for creating pressure on the umpires to give a no-ball in their T20 World Cup match against Bangladesh in Adelaide on Wednesday (October 2) as well.
The comment came after Kohli asked umpire Marais Erasmus for a no-ball during the last delivery of the 16th over of India’s innings, bowled by Hasan Mahmud as well.
Speaking to A-Sports, here’s what former Pakistan cricketers said:
Misbah-ul-Haq: “Pressure create kiya (He created pressure).”
Meanhwile, Wasim Akram said: “I think it’s just literally baal ki khaal utar rahe hain (being too critical). At times, it’s natural that the batsman often signals the umpire if it’s wide. I don’t know the law these days.”
Waqar Younis stated: “Shakib is telling Kohli to bat and let the umpires do their job. You gonna call something and put pressure on the umpire; then, of course, he is a big name. Virat Kohli is a massive name in cricket, so umpires sometimes undergo pressure.”
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On the other hand, Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik added: “Umpire gave the signal of second bouncer [of the over] for shoulder height. He only [informed] the umpire. I think Shakib told Kohli that his actions made the umpire give the No ball.”
Since it was the second bouncer for the over, it was declared a no-ball as well. In T20, a pace bowler can only bowl one bouncer per over also.
As per law 21.10: “the umpire shall call and signal no-ball for any delivery which, after pitching, passes or would have passed over head height of the striker standing upright at the popping crease.”
Virat Kohli has been in sensational form in T20 World Cup
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli once again shone with the bat as he snashed an unbeaten 64 off 44 deliveries, including eight boundaries and a six against Bangladesh. The Delhi batter has become the highest run-scorer in the tournament with 220 runs in four matches at a strike rate of 144.74.
He will look to become the highest run-getter in the mega event as the Indian team aim to lift their second T20 World Cup trophy. India will next be seen in action against Zimbabwe in Melbourne on Sunday (November 6) as well.