After managing to pull off an eight-run win in the fourth T20I against England at the Narendra Modi Stadium, the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli on Thursday said that he finds it difficult to digest why the on-field umpire has to give a soft signal as “out” when the player is himself unsure regarding whether he has taken catch or not. A blistering half-century from Suryakumar Yadav, followed by a unified bowling performance helped India clinch the series-leveling win.
Talking about the same during the post-match presentation, Virat Kohli said, “There was an instance in the Test series when Jinx (Ajinkya Rahane) caught the ball and wasn’t sure. When there’s a half-and-half effort, the soft signal becomes more important. I don’t know why there can’t an “I don’t know” call for the umpires. You want these things ironed out to keep the game linear. But we want clarity on the field.”
During India’s innings, two umpiring calls were controversial and could have gone either way. Suryakumar had to go back to the pavilion when he played a ramp shot but Dawid Malan ended up taking the catch.
Replays indicated that the Malan might have scooped the ball with his fingertips and in the process, the ball hit the ground. However, as the soft signal was out, the third umpire stayed with the on-field call citing “lack of conclusive evidence”.
In the last over of the innings, Washington Sundar then played an uppercut and he was caught by Adil Rashid at the boundary. However, replays indicated that Rashid’s right foot might have touched the boundary rope when he took the catch. But third umpire Virender Sharma decided to stay with the on-field call.