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Dinesh Karthik backs umpire Virender Sharma on his unfair decision regarding Virat Kohli
By SMCS - Dec 4, 2021 10:50 pm
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India and New Zealand are playing the second Test in Mumbai where the host has the upperhand. After having scored 325 runs, New Zealand were bowled out for 62. However, it was Virat Kohli’s dismissal in the first innings that made headlines as it was not out and the third umpire gave him out as well. And, now veteran India cricketer Dinesh Karthik has backed the umpire.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

Kohli’s controversial dismissal left fans shocked. Even, umpiring too came under the scanner. While the ball had gone on to nick Virat Kohli’s bat, he was given out by the LBW. And, many started slamming the umpire, Virender Sharma.

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Dinesh Karthik, however, feels that Virender Sharma took the right call as there was no conclusive evidence as well. He said, “According to the rule books, there has to be conclusive evidence to turn the decision over, and I think umpire Virender Sharma did not find conclusive evidence even though the Twitter world and the rest of the social media world are very sure it hit the bat first.”

rohit sharma
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli

As far as the game is concerned, India opener Mayank Agarwal smashed a hundred in the first innings, scoring 150 runs as well. Alongside him, Axar Patel also went on to score his first fifty in test cricket. On the back of those, India went on to reach 325 runs in the first innings as well. But, New Zealand managed only 62 runs in their first innings.

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However, India has been doing well in the second innings too, adding 69 runs before the stumps. After the day’s game, Mayank Agarwal said: “This innings was all about grit and determination. I haven’t changed much, just tried to stay side on, but it’s more mental than technical. For my batting, if I don’t attack I’ll get stuck, so if I don’t put Ajaz under the pump, he will keep bowling in good areas. The Indian domestic circuit is tough, and the years anyone spends there helps them. It’s hard and the experience and learnings you get is phenomenal, and I’ve carried that into international cricket. We will look to pile on as many runs as we can tomorrow and put the pressure on New Zealand.”