New Delhi. Like a bowler or a batsman, an umpire can also have a bad day on the field. The match was one of those days for official Virender Sharma, who reversed three decisions during the Eliminator clash of IPL 2021 between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Sharjah on 11 October. Had given. Incidentally, on each of the three occasions, it was Virat Kohli’s RCB that was on the receiving end. However thanks to the decision review system, all decisions were reversed and there was no negative impact on the game.
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli was seen in an argument with umpire Virender Sharma during the 7th over of this match. When later KKR batsman Rahul Tripathi was not out on the appeal of LBW off the ball of RCB bowler Yuzvendra Chahal. Upon review by RCB, replays showed that the ball had hit the pad first and the ball-tracker revealed that Chahal’s ball appeared to hit the middle stump straight away. The replays convinced the RCB players and the captain that Rahul Tripathi is lbw. After this the field umpire Virender Sharma had to change his decision and he declared Rahul out. RCB superstar AB de Villiers pulled his leg in Virat Kohli’s speech regarding the umpire’s decisions.
In a recent video posted by RCB, AB de Villiers pulled his captain Kohli’s leg over the entire incident. Along with this, he also thanked him for leading the team throughout his tenure. In fact, Kohli had announced his decision to step down as RCB captain at the end of the current season and his captaincy career came to an end with a four-wicket loss at the Eliminator on 11 October.
AB de Villiers said, “The word that comes to mind is gratitude [हम बहुत खुशकिस्मत थे कि आपने हमार नेतृत्व किया]. The way you have captained the team has definitely inspired everyone. When it comes to your leadership, you have had a bigger influence than you would imagine. There are stories that you have never heard about people’s lives, but you have inspired people not only on the cricket field but also outside it.”
He laughed further and said, “It is more important than a trophy, which I still believe will come in handy for you. You have done a great job, but that book is not finished yet. Whatever you have done for us, we will not forget. Thanks for all the memories… and I think some umpires will sleep a little better, so happy for them.”
Let us tell you that Virat Kohli became the captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore team in 2013 and under his leadership, RCB managed to reach the playoffs four times. In this, apart from the last two seasons, the team reached the final in 2016. Under the captaincy of Kohli, the team played 140 matches, out of which it got success in 66. During this, the team had to face defeat in 70 matches while the result of four matches did not come out.