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‘It’s disappointing that Kohli constantly questions umpires’ decisions’ – David Lloyd

By BetBarter Staff

August 26, 2021

Cricketer-turned-expert David Lloyd has expressed his unhappiness over India skipper Virat Kohli’s behaviour on Day 1 of the third Test match at Headingley. Llyod was bemused by how Kohli always finds ways of questioning the umpires’ decisions or any other related match situations.

This time too the 32-year-old was at the forefront of it when his pace spearhead Ishant Sharma overstepped a few times and bowled a longish over in his first spell with the new ball. Kohli, who was standing at first slip, felt agitated by how umpire Alex Wharf had called those no-balls and seemed to show gestures for the same. Llyod was clearly not pleased with what he saw and felt what Kohli did was disappointing. 

 “Virat Kohli is one of the great players, but I find it so disappointing that he constantly questions umpires’ decisions. Ishant Sharma overstepped twice in his first over, then bowled an off-side wide, which was correctly called by Alex Wharf. From first slip, Kohli was clearly unhappy and made his feelings known,” Lloyd wrote in his Daily Mail column.

Llyod further opined that the umpires should be the final authority and should have the power to penalise a player if he questions umpires' calls. “At the end of the over, he took it up again. It’s just wide! The umpires should have the power to penalize what in my book is dissent,” Bumble added.

Kohli is not new in having a go at the umpires and has confronted them in many international as well as IPL matches. Speaking about the first day’s play in Leeds, India had a horrible day as they were bowled out for 78 in the first innings. England are 120 for no loss at stumps on Day 1.