Virat Kohli reacts to Lasith Malinga’s last ball no-ball vs RCB as umpiring error cost RCB the game.
RCB suffered yet another loss against Mumbai Indians at the Chinnaswamy tonight, as the RCB batting unit couldn’t chase down 188 that MI had put forth for them.
Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers looked set to take RCB home, but a certain Jasprit Bumrah turned up, got Kohli out and put the brakes on the scoring going into the last two overs.
AB de Villiers couldn’t finish it off, as Lasith Malinga bowled the perfect last over to hand MI the win. And just as the MI camp burst into celebration, the big screen showed Malinga overstepping on the last ball, with the frame frozen there for everyone to see.
Virat Kohli was visibly frustrated after that snippet on the big screen, displaying his anger during the post match interview with Ian Bishop.
Bad umpiring. The other day referring @ashwinravi99‘s disgraceful Mankad dismissal and now not seeing Lasith Malinga’s big no ball. RCB are plain unlucky. In a lucrative and cash-rich league @IPL, you can’t have such disasters happening every now and then. Pathetic. #RCBvMI
— Gowhar Geelani (@gowhargeelani) March 28, 2019
The RCB captain made it quite clear that he wasn’t happy with what had transpired. Club cricket like umpiring was pointed out and frustration was vented out in a way that we had not seen Virat Kohli operate for a long time.
“We are playing at the IPL level and not playing club cricket. The umpires should have had their eyes open. That is a ridiculous call at the last ball. If it is a game of margins, I don’t know what is happening. They should have been more sharp and careful out there.” Virat Kohli said about the last ball.
Speaking about the game, Kohli pointed out where exactly RCB lost the game, while also complimenting Bumrah and ABD for their performances on the night.
Talking about his dismissal, he gave credit to Bumrah, but also admitted that the shot was not on, and he maybe should have waited to target the other bowlers.
“When they were 145 for 7, we should have done better. The last few overs were brutal for us. A few more strikes apart from AB could have done the job for us. We need to be smarter at death bowling. Sure they guys will take a lot of learnings from the game. I think the way they bowled, we can learn from their game.” Kohli said.
“The onus is always on each and every member of the team. I got out at a wrong point of time. Shivam was good as well. I mean Jassi is a top-class bowler. A bit of a mistake from me to take him on at that stage. Mumbai is lucky to have him. And also Malinga. And if Jassi is in good form, it is good for India.” he added.