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Kohli unhappy with umpire after new full toss review method rules him out

By Reuters
April 23, 2024
An undated image of former Indian skipper and star batter Virat Kohli. — AFP/File
An undated image of former Indian skipper and star batter Virat Kohli. — AFP/File

MUMBAI: Virat Kohli was left fuming when a new method applied to the ball tracking technology ruled him out on a full toss delivery that he thought went above his waist in Sunday’s loss at Kolkata Knight Riders.

The RCB opener had scored 18 runs from seven balls chasing Kolkata’s total of 222-6 before his dismissal, as his team went on to lose the Indian Premier League (IPL) game by just one run. Kohli had stepped out to hammer Harshit Rana’s high full toss but ended up playing it back to the bowler who caught it. The umpire signalled for a review to check whether the ball was too high to be a legal delivery.

While the ball was Kohli’s waist when he played it, the tracker showed it dipping before it reached the crease. The ball’s estimated height in the crease was then compared to the height of the batter’s waist measured beforehand. The ball’s projected height was found to be lower than Kohli’s waist, leading to the third umpire ruling him out. The former India captain was unhappy with the call and he let the on-field umpire know that before walking out.