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I don’t know why there can’t be an ‘I don’t know’ call for the umpires: Virat Kohli comments on the soft-signal controversy

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Virat Kohli slammed the ‘soft-signal’ rules that made controversy during the fourth game.

Team India bounced back in the fourth game against England and equalled the T20I series with a victory. However, they had faced a few umpiring blinders and the Indian skipper Virat Kohli on Thursday questioned it.

He commented on the concept of proofs that are needed to overturn a soft signal of dismissal which made controversy in the game on Thursday. Notably, during India’s innings, questions raised on the judgement of Third Umpire Virender Sharma regarding the out of the newbie Suryakumar Yadav.

Suryakumar scored his maiden T20I half-century and soon after he got out to Sam Curran while trying to play a big shot. However, he found Dawid Malan who took the catch. But, the replay showed that the ball might have touched the ground. Since the on-field umpire gave him out, the third umpire stayed with that ‘soft signal’ call saying ‘lack of conclusive evidence’.

However, while talking about that after the game, Virat Kohli said that rules should be simpler so that any team do not have to face a situation like this in a crucial game as well.

Virat Kohli lashes out at the soft-signal rules

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“There was an instance in the Test series when Jinx (Ajinkya Rahane) caught the ball and wasn’t sure. When there’s a half-and-half effort, the soft signal becomes more important. I don’t know why there cannot be a sort of “I don’t know” call for the umpire as well. Why does it have to be a conclusive one? Because then that [dictates] the whole decision completely. Similar to the argument we have about umpire’s call as well. You want these things ironed out to keep the game linear. But we want clarity on the field,” Virat Kohli said at the post-match presentation.

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Meanwhile, another incident also happened during the game which brought the soft signal under the scanner as well. It happened in the last over of India’s innings when the bowling all-rounder Washington Sundar played an uppercut. Adil Rashid caught him at the boundary but replays showed that the fielder’s foot touched the boundary line.

But third umpire Virender Sharma once again stayed with the on-field umpire’s call and gave him out. However, India won the match by eight runs in the end. The fifth and final match will take place on Saturday at the same venue which will decide the winner of the series as well.

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