Former England player, David Lloyd has lashed out at the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli for his behaviour with the umpires. Virat Kohli doesn’t hold himself back when it comes to expressing himself. In the final T20I, Kohli raised questions over the soft signal rule after the controversial dismissal of Suryakumar Yadav. Terming Kohi’s behaviour as ‘disrespectful, Lloyd slammed Kohli by saying that the Indian skipper tries to put unnecessary pressure on the umpires. He added that the soft signal gives the on field umpires as much authority as possible.
“Virat Kohli also suggested England were pressuring umpires to give the ‘soft signal’ as out when Dawid Malan took a low catch in the fourth T20. Firstly, the soft signal is there to leave as much authority as possible with the on-field umpires. And I don’t know if England put pressure on Nitin Menon in Ahmedabad, but I do know one thing — Kohli has been pressuring, disrespecting and remonstrating with umpires throughout this tour,” Lloyd wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.
Also, Kohli suggested the ICC to bring in an “ I don’t know call” for umpires instead of the soft signal. Along with the Indian skipper, many former cricketers and experts also raised their concern about the rule. Virat Kohli also termed the ‘umpires call’ rule as confusing to which Lloyd responded by saying that if the batsman is given out every time the ball chips the bail, then the Test matches would be over in two days.
“Kohli does not seem to have taken the consequences into account. If everything is out, including when the ball is just clipping the bails, then all Tests would be over in two days. An ODI would be over in four hours. Bowlers known for their accuracy like Jimmy Anderson, Josh Hazlewood and Jasprit Bumrah would be taking eight wickets every innings,” Lloyd explained while backing the ‘umpire’s call’ rule.
After beating England in the Test and T20I series, Kohli’s men have started the ODI series with a win. They defeated the visitors by 66 runs in the first ODI. The next match of the series will be played on March 26.