The proceedings were smooth and hassle free until the beginning of the 18th over when this incident incited the skipper to enter into a heated argument with the onfield umpires.
Rain continued to play spoil sport in the second T20I in the Melbourne Cricket Ground as well and another match slipped out of the visitor’s hands. In the first T20I, the Indian team had scored much beyond the Aussies’ actual score but it still fell 4 short of the DLS par score incorporated on account of the rain.
In the second T20I as well rain played it’s game and the match was totally abandoned as a result. The match was in complete control of the visiting team and there were ample chances to level the series but the rain had other plans.
Meanwhile, the attitude posed by the onfield umpires didn’t impress the Indian skipper who chose to object rather than stay mum which led to a heated argument.
The incident took place in the 18th over when Jasprit Bumrah was handed the ball. Rain started pouring in all of a sudden but there was no signal from the onfield umpires to halt the proceedings of the match. The pitch was getting wet with every single minute and which would only make the ball skid making playing conditions difficult.
Sensing the proceedings to be unsafe, Virat finally walked up to the umpires to question so as to how they could allow the play to happen despite the rain. He knew it very well that if the pitch got wet because of the rain then it would make India’s run chase very difficult as the ball won’t come on to the bat easily.
The umpires however stood firm in their decision and despite the argument ordered the play to continue. Virat looked highly frustrated and disappointed at this attitude. The umpires however called the covers in after the over’s completion as the rain had started getting heavier by then. All the players left the field in haste but the skipper was seen coming into the field from the dugout to further the argument with the umpires. He ultimately left the field not in a happy mood at all.
The Australian team were at 132 runs for the loss of seven wickets when rains created havoc. They continued to play hide and seek with the targets getting revised every now and then. However, after a final inspection by the onfield umpires, the second T20I was called off much to the disappointment of the visitors who would feel being robbed of a big opportunity to level the series 1-1.
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