Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli wants the introduction of a new rule in T20 cricket in the wake of the wide-ball controversy involving MS Dhoni in the clash between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 on Tuesday. Kohli believes captains should have the power to review wide balls and waist-height no-ball calls from on-field umpires.
With extensive use of technology in modern-day cricket, IPL 2020 is already witnessing the use of the ‘Auto no-ball’ technology. The front-foot no balls are being monitored by the third umpire in the cash-rich league in order to minimise the errors committed by the on-field umpires. Kohli has now suggested for reviews of wide-ball and waist-height no-ball calls from the umpires.
At present, both teams have one review each in IPL and the DRS can be used to check LBWs, run-outs and caught behind dismissals among others. In conversation with Team India teammate KL Rahul during a promotional event organised by Puma, Kohli was asked to pick one rule he would like to change in T20 cricket. The RCB skipper voiced his opinion on having wide and no-ball reviews for the fielding captain.
“As a captain, I would like to have the ability to review wide or a waist-high full-toss. Because we’ve seen historically in high profile tournaments like IPL, these small things can be a big factor. If you lose the game by a run and are not able to review that one decision, it makes a massive difference,” Kohli told Rahul during the interaction.
MS Dhoni Furious In SRH Game
Kohli’s comments come in the aftermath of a controversy involving Dhoni during CSK’s clash with SRH where on-field umpire Paul Reiffel was about to signal a wide in the 19th over of SRH’s chase but withdrew his decision midway after a furious MS Dhoni protested against his call. The replays showed it was clearly a wide from Thakur but SRH were denied an extra run.
Fans on social media vented out their frustration over the umpire’s action with some even slamming Dhoni for his uncharacteristic reaction to the umpire’s signal.
KL Rahul wants extra runs for six over 100 metres
While Kohli suggested a new rule empowering the captain to take review for wides and waist-height no balls, Rahul suggested he would like to see extra runs being awarded to a batsman for hitting a six of over 100 metres. “As a batsman, if someone hits a six over 100m, it should be given more runs,” said Rahul.
On a lighter note, Kohli asked Rahul to take a feedback from his bowlers about his suggestion, considering KXIP bowlers have leaked plenty of runs in the ongoing edition. RCB and KXIP will be up against each other in Match 31 of the tournament to be played at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Thursday.
RCB skipper Virat Kohli wants introduction of a new rule in T20 cricket
Virat Kohli opened up on the rule changes during an interaction with KXIP captain KL Rahul on Wednesday