'It was a normal plan. No bowler had...' - Stand-in Bangladesh skipper Najmul Hossain Shanto opens up on Virat Kohli's 'wide-ball' episode against Bangladesh

Virat Kohli completed his 48th ODI century following a 'wide-ball' episode against Bangladesh. He scored an unbeaten 103 runs to guide India to fourth consecutive win in the tournament.

Mathew K
Oct 21, 2023 11:57 IST
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Virat Kohli and umpire Richard Kettleborough (File Photo, Twitter)

Virat Kohli and umpire Richard Kettleborough (File Photo, Twitter)

The cricketing fraternity is currently centred around the debate of wide ball denied by umpire Richard Kettleborough during the India vs Bangladesh match at the MCA Stadium in Pune. The incident happened when the former Indian skipper Virat Kohli was batting on the individual score of 97 and was just 3 runs away from his 48th ODI century.

On the other hand, Team India needed just 2 runs. Then came Nasum Ahmed to bowl the 42nd over of the innings for Bangladesh and he happened to bowl a wide ball on the first delivery of the over. But looking at the no impact on the obvious result of the match, on-field umpire Richard Kettleborough didn’t declare it a wide-ball and Virat Kohli smashed a six on the next delivery to complete his remarkable century.

"We tried to play a proper game. It was not intentional." - Najmul Hossain Shanto on Virat Kohli 'wide ball' controversy

Meanwhile, the stand-in skipper of Bangladesh in the match against India, Najmul Hossain Shanto finally spoke about the entire episode and broke his silence on the entire debate.

“No, no. There was no such plan. It was a normal plan. No bowler had the intention to bowl a wide ball. We tried to play a proper game. It was not intentional,” said Shanto to journalists during the post-match press conference.

Furthermore, he also spoke about the performance of Bangladesh in the match against Bangladesh. He also praised the openers, Litton Das and Tanzid Hasan for a good start.

“We have had big runs before, but I think we are not taking the responsibility. I would say, for those who are getting set here, if Litton or Tanzid could have played 120-130 run innings, it would have been easier for Mushi (Mushfiqur Rahim), (Towhid) Hridoy, or (Mahmudullah) Riyad. The middle-order didn't bat well, as well as those who were set (and) couldn't make runs,” he said.

“The preparation was very good, to be very honest. The place where we were struggling, the top order, it did well,” he added later.

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