India vs England, 4th T20I: Virat Kohli Admits India ‘Was On Receiving Side’ of ‘Soft Signal’
India captain Virat Kohli has questioned the ‘soft signal’ rule of ICC which played a vital role in helping England gain the momentum in a crucial match where the five match series was on the line.
Umpire’s soft signal can be the default position when the evidence is deemed ‘inconclusive’ after the on-field umpire opts for the third umpire. This is exactly what happened with Suryakumar Yadav as he was given out despite the replays showing otherwise.
“There was an instance during the Test series when I was next to Jinks and he clearly caught the ball but he wasn’t sure so we went upstairs. If it is a half and half effort and the fielder is in doubt, there is no way the umpire from square leg can see it clearly. The soft signal becomes that important and it becomes tricky. I don’t know why there can’t be an ‘I don’t know’ call with the umpires as well. It is similar to umpire’s call as well. These are decisions that can change the course of the game, especially in these big games. We were on the receiving side today, and tomorrow it could be some other team. You want these ironed out and keep the gane really simple and linear. It isn’t ideal in high pressure games and have a lot of clarity on the field,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation.
He also hailed the Mumbai batter for his maiden fifty. “Special mention to Surya, he batted outstandingly well in his first game. Similar to Ishan. They are quite fearless having played in the IPL. We don’t have any T20Is after this so I want the guys to be confident and come out of it very strongly.It’s not easy to walk in at three in your first game and we all were stunned. He stamped his authority and allowed the likes off-side Shreyas, Hardik and Pant to do their job.”
Shardul Thakur was the one who turned it around for India. With England on course for a win, Thakur accounted for back-to-back wickets of Ben Stokes and Eoin Morgan. “Shardul turned it around but our powerplay start kept England in check and under pressure. ” I am a fan of these youngsters. I am more happy for Hardik who bowled his four overs. It augers well for us if he does it for us. He was potent with the new ball. He has skill with the ball and he clicked 140+ as well. He put enough pressure on Roy and then got Sam Curran out as well in the end. His role in the defence in the end was very crucial,” he said.
He was also off the field in the fag end of the innings due to a niggle. He later clarified what happened actually. “I ran for a ball and threw it and I just aggrevated my leg a little bit and I didn’t want to make it into a niggle or an injury. We have another game in two days and I took the smart decision of going out, ” Kohli signed off.