Virat Kohli and controversial LBW decisions are quickly becoming a famous love story. The poor umpiring standards once again hogged the limelight in the IPL 2022 as former Indian skipper Virat Kohli became its latest victim.
The Run Machine was dismissed through a controversial LBW decision in the game between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore. The Reds were chasing a modest score of 152 to win their third game of the season. Meanwhile, all eyes were upon their superstar chase-master, Virat Kohli. The King looked in a sublime form as he stitched a beautiful partnership with Anuj Rawat to take the game closer. He looked all set to register his first fifty of this season, but an umpiring howler cut his innings short.
Virat Kohli was batting at a score of 48 runs off 35 deliveries when Dewald Brevis came to bowl the 19th over. RCB needed only eight runs to win at that time, and Kohli looked determined to take his team home. However, Kohli missed the very first delivery of the 19th over and was hit on the pad. Brevis bowled a tossed-up delivery, and in an attempt to defend it by moving forward, Virat Kohli missed it. MI players went up in unison for an appeal, and the on-field umpire obliged by raising his finger.
Virat Kohli reaction after he given out.
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Virat Kolhi was confident of the ball hitting his bat as he asked for a review. A clear deviation from the bat could be seen in the replays, but the UltraEdge could not tell anything. Hence, the third umpire upheld the on-field decision of out, leaving Virat Kohli fuming.
Virat Kohli was left red-faced with another controversial decision against him. He vented out his frustration while walking back to the dugout and yelled loudly, looking up.
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Nevertheless, Glenn Maxwell came to bat for RCB next, and he won the game for his side after smashing two fours in the next two deliveries.