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Virat Kohli Calls For Removal Of Umpire's Call

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By IANS News
March 23, 2021 • 10:33 AM View: 1448

Late last year, Sunil Gavaskar had questioned the umpire's call. The former India captain was reacting to the dismissal of Aussie batsman Steve Smith who was bowled down the leg-side during the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

"I think the Steve Smith dismissal shows that even when the ball clips the stumps, its speed is so much that it can remove the bails. If you are appealing for leg-before wicket and if the ball is going to clip the stumps, the speed is such, even spinner's, that the bails will come off," Gavaskar had told ABC Sport then.

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Kohli also pointed at the futility of the soft signal. He had also questioned it after the end of the fourth T20 International that saw an in-form Suryakumar Yadav get dismissed to a catch that had no conclusive evidence. Yadav was still given out because the soft signal was out.

"One more factor that needs to be considered is how a fielding team responds to a dismissal that is claimed 9and is given out through soft signal). Again you have to question what the spirit of the game is and what those guidelines are."

"Because if things like that happen with the Indian cricket team overseas, then you are talking about a totally different type of conversation of the spirit of the game," said Kohli.

"It is a serious, serious thing that needs to be considered. Because there is a lot at stake in the future. There are big tournaments. And you don't want some grey area factors in the game which leave you with no clarity to be the defining factors of those big tournaments and victories."



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