Virat Kohli Undermining Umpires; Thinks he Runs the Game: David Lloyd
Former England cricketer David Lloyd has come out attacking India captain Virat Kohli for his stand on ‘Umpire’s Call.’ He said Kohli is undermining the authorities of the match officials including the umpires because of his aggressive tactics. He said he is ‘disrespecting, pressuring’ the umpires on this issue.
“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 Daily Mail.
The skipper also got into a confrontation with England’s Jos Buttler in the final T20 game at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. This also didn’t go down well with Lloyd.
“There have also been a number of altercations in India which, when copied, will permeate through every level. There was another on Tuesday near the end of the India innings. You should not confront an opposition player on the field. It’s just not done. And the toothless International Cricket Council have done nothing,” he wrote.
He said Kohli is ‘undermining’ the match officials.
“Umpires are being increasingly undermined in international cricket and there are players who seem to think they, rather than the officials, are running the game. Take Virat Kohli. Before the first ODI the India captain said umpire’s call should be removed from the decision review system and if the ball is shown to be hitting any part of the stumps it should be given out. 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. Umpires have to be given their authority back. They must be handed yellow and red cards to stamp that lost authority because they look powerless. And Kohli, who has vast responsibility and influence, should be very careful in what he says and does,” Lloyd wrote in his column.