David Lloyd called Virat Kohli’s altercation with umpires as disrespectful. He also opined that the India national cricket team captain tries to put pressure on the umpires whenever possible.
On soft signals
India cricket team is busy playing an ODI series with England which is the last leg of England’s tour to India. There were multiple times in the tour that the decisions taken by umpires were not conclusive. On such an occasion, Kohli suggested there should be an “I don’t know” call for the on-field umpires. He also raised questions over the soft signal rule.
While a number of experts have different opinions on the same, David Llyod did not like the reaction from Indian national cricket team captain Virat Kohli. He said, “Virat 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.”
He added, “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.”
On I don’t know call
He shared his opinion in a column in Daily Mail. Regarding the introduction of the “I don’t know” call, Lloyd thinks if the batsmen are given out every time, even if the ball just clips the bails, Test matches will be extended more than two days.
He explained, “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.” Llyod continued, “An ODI would be over in four hours. Bowlers known for their accuracy like Jimmy Anderson, Josh Hazlewood, and Jasprit Bumrah would be taking eight wickets every innings.”
After takin 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series, India will take on England in the second ODI scheduled to be played on March 26.