Virat Kohli suffered a brain fade moment against Pakistan when he walked off despite not edging a delivery from Mohammad Amir during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 game at Old Trafford on Sunday. Kohli was well set on 77 and showed signs of truly cutting loose and in the process elevate India to a 350 plus total when he got a ripper of a bouncer from Amir. The Indian captain was done in for pace and was rushed into a wild cross-batted slash while ducking away.
It all happened on the fourth ball of the 48th over of the innings. There was some sound as the ball passed the bat suggesting that it had taken an edge. Amir and Sarfraz behind the stumps also heard it and appealed but umpire Marais Erasmus seemed unmoved. Virat Kohli however sensed something and started walking on his own accord and Pakistan players started celebrating almost immediately. The umpire thereafter raised his finger and Kohli departed after having played a captain’s knock of 77 runs of just 65 balls.
Replays however showed that there was a huge gap between bat and ball and there was no way he was going to be dismissed had Pakistan decided to opt for the review. While the replays were being showed on the big screen at the Old Trafford, a perplexed Virat Kohli was seen shaking his bat in the dressing room, trying to figure out if any looseness in the willow had led to a sound while ball passed bat. He even handed it to MS Dhoni to have a look. However, with the decision already finalized, Kohli could do nothing but vent out his frustration by flinging an object into the ground.
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The Indian skipper has turned into a completely different human being ever since he landed in England for the World Cup and a quiet and sombre persona has taken over his usual aggressive self. After helping Steve Smith get rid of the Indian fans’ boos a week ago, Kohli was at it once again as he walked back despite the umpire not declaring him out. Whether the incident will bring back the Kohli we know is up for debate but we might not see him walk without the umpire’s orders anytime soon.