Did Virat Kohli really pull-off “fake fielding”?

During the chase, before the rain-break, Bangladesh looked like pulling off an improbable win, thanks to Litton Das unbelievable hitting form and knock. Bangladesh lost the match by 5 runs.

Virat Kohli accused for Fake Fielding by Bangladesh
Virat Kohli accused for Fake Fielding by Bangladesh

Virat Kohli is known for being animated on field and charge up everyone including crowd with his antics. At ICC T20 World Cup, Bangladesh and India played their Group 2 Super 12 match on 2nd November at Adelaide Oval. Virat Kohli top scored in India innings and helped the score to reach 184/6 in 20 overs. During the chase, before the rain-break, Bangladesh looked like pulling off an improbable win, thanks to Litton Das unbelievable hitting form and knock. Bangladesh lost the match by 5 runs.

Nurul Hasan, post the match told to press that Virat Kohli attempted to “fake throw” a ball when Arshdeep Singh threw from the outfield, as if he is relay throwing. Nurul told that Bangladesh batsmen took it to umpires – Marais Erasmus and Chris Brown but both claimed to have not seen the throw action from Virat Kohli. Hence, Bangladesh did not get any penalty runs that according to ICC’s Law 41.5.1, “it is unfair for any fielder willfully to attempt, by word or action, to distract, deceive or obstruct either batsman after the striker has received the ball.”

Virat Kohli mock throwing during 7th over
Virat Kohli mock throwing during 7th over

Law leaves it up to Umpires’ discretion to determine if the player will-fully tried to deceive or not. If they believe it is will full, then they can grant the batting team, 5 penalty runs and call the ball dead too. Virat Kohli has been accused of influencing umpires, majorly Marais Erasmus in India World Cup matches this year, thrice by Pakistan legends and Bangladesh, now accused him of fake fielding.

But if the Fake fielding affects batting side somehow and umpires believe it is unfair, then fielding side is held accountable and if nothing happens, it can be seen as a funny mock incident too. Bangladesh on the other hand believes that they should have been awarded 5 penalty runs.

Well, Virat Kohli after playing a raising ball or high ball, is entitled to appeal to Umpire and the on-field umpire can ask for a review and assistance from TV Umpire. So, these accusations of BCCI influencing ICC and there by Umpires trying to listen to Virat Kohli theory, seems meaningless. India did not come up with excuses after losing a close match against South Africa.

And it is better for Bangladesh and Pakistan to accept the results, understand the actions of players on field are momentary and carry on, would be great rather than building animosity against BCCI. Targeting Virat Kohli, mainly, seems to be a case of trying to over compensate for their problems.

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