This year’s IPL came with a number of new rules after some last season controversies. One of them was ‘Third Umpire calling the front foot No-balls’. And this new rule has been a success so far, but still there are a few things like- calling a wide when batsman shuffles and the leg-bye taken by batsmen before successfully reviewing an LBW decision – that need correction or further review in Cricket.
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli, recently, answered about the things he would like to change in cricket on a promotional event with KL Rahul. After the Dhoni shouting episode in CSK’s last match against SRH, there has been a lot of talks on how to call a wide if a batsman shuffles across in his crease.
In a star-studded Instagram Live show for Puma, Virat Kohli voiced his opinion by saying that the captains must be empowered with the option of reviewing these wides as it is a game of fine margins.
“I am going to speak as a captain. As a captain, I would like to have the ability to review a wide, which could be a wrong call, or a waist-high full-toss, which could be a wrong call. We have seen historically how big these things can be in such a high-profile tournament like IPL and in general T20 cricket,” Kohli said.
“It is a fast-paced game and you can miss a small margin and we have all seen this is a big factor. If you lose the game by a run and you are not able to review that wide, it could make a massive difference in someone’s campaign,” Kohli added.
Rahul also agreed with Kohli’s opinion and suggested that teams should be given two reviews per innings and captains must be empowered to use those reviews against every on-field call from umpire.
“If that rule comes in, it is very good. You can give a team two reviews and say you can use it for whatever. If someone hits a six over 100 metres, it should be given more runs. I will ask my bowlers about this,” Rahul added.
Rahul, who has had a tough time captaining first time in his IPL career, has been the best batsman in tournament so far. Initially, coming into the tournament, the right-hander had feared of losing his touch and skillset during the six-month lockdown.
But even with the pressure of captaincy and added wicketkeeper responsibilities, he has scored consistently at top of the order. Speaking on his experience so far, KL said: “I was nervous coming into the tournament. I was scared from an injury point of view, that fear was always there. There was self-doubt, the other part is skill, after having not played for such a long period of time. I was a little nervous but I knew I would enjoy it a lot. Once the tournament started, you started getting into the groove… the fear was starting to go away.
“Since it’s my first time doing this, whatever I have played and learnt from you, Mahi bhai, I have tried to pretty much do the same thing. I tried to stay balanced in victory and loss, it’s important to ensure that everyone is enjoying … It’s been good learning for me, leadership helps to grow individuals faster.”
“I have been playing IPL for 4-5 years. I don’t think it’s (captaincy) a massive shift, it’s just about understanding each other. We play against each other so often we know our strengths and weaknesses,” he added.