Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s undying hunger to win and an extreme passion for the sport have seen him establish himself as the very best in the world. However, the 30-year-old’s aggression on the 22 yards has often worked against him, resulting in acute criticism.
And a similar incident took place on Saturday when India took on Afghanistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup. In the 29th over of Afghanistan inning, ace bowler Jasprit Bumrah wrapped batsman Rahmat Shah on his pads. While umpire Aleem Dar ruled the batsman safe, Kohli went up straight to him and continued to appeal.
Kohli’s actions came as a violation of Article 2.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct and added one demerit point to his disciplinary record. According to TOI, this cost the Indian ‘number 18’ 25% of his match fees.
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) June 23, 2019
However, this one happens to be Kohli’s second after he had earned his first during the Pretoria Test against South Africa on 15 January 2018. 4 demerit points in 24 months to can lead to a suspension point, and two suspension points can further lead to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is.
But that’s not all. As the inexperienced Afghanistan team put up a valiant fight at Rose Bowl, Southampton, the Indian team felt the pressure from the very beginning. After putting up a mere 224 runs on board, Kohli and co. were desperate to get some early wickets. And when Mohammad Shami struck Hazratullah Zazai on the pads the Indians went straight up for a DRS check. The appeal was dismissed by the umpire after finding out that the ball had pitched outside leg and this did not go down well with Virat Kohli. He pleaded with the umpire with his hands folded and guess what? The picture is now a viral meme!
— The Indian Citizen (@tic_speaks) June 22, 2019
1. Me making fun of class topper all year
2. Me begging him for notes one day before exam pic.twitter.com/KVVYAXk0f9
— SwatKat💃 (@swatic12) June 22, 2019
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Girlfriend Sister pic.twitter.com/tEHjn5VUaM
— Unemployed Marwadi 🇮🇳 (@Muaaaahrwadi) June 22, 2019
Pic 1: Politicians before elections
— Prateek (@eyeprateekrai) June 22, 2019
Well, definitely not a good day on and off the field for the Indian skipper! 😛 Wish you all the luck for your next match, Virat Kohli!