Virat Kohli was livid after the umpire failed to spot a clear no-ball by Lasith Malinga during the final over of a 2019 IPL match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians in Bengaluru. RCB needed 7 off the final ball and unless Malinga bowled a no-ball or got hit for a six, MI were sure winners.
As it turned out, Shivam Dube did not score any runs off the last ball and MI won by 6 runs. The MI camp started celebrating and RCB accepted their fate before the big screen flashed the replays: Malinga had over-stepped! It was a no-ball and RCB should have had a free-hit.
Virat Kohli saw the big screen and he was furious. He walked over to the presentation podium and lashed out at the umpiring blooper.
“We 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,” Kohli said.
“If it is a game of margins, I don’t know what is happening. They should have been more sharp and careful out there,” he said.
However, Virat Kohli offered no excuses after RCB lost their second successive match at the 2019 IPL.
“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. 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 said.