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IND vs BAN: What Harsha Bhogle said about Virat Kohli’s allegation of ‘fake fielding’

Adelaide. Bangladesh wicket-keeper batsman Nurul Hasan has accused India’s champion batsman Virat Kohli of ‘fake fielding’ that left his team five possible penalty runs in the crucial T20 World Cup match. This allegation has sparked a huge debate on social media and fans of both the teams are having an argument. Even veteran cricket expert Harsha Bhogle, giving his opinion on the issue, has suggested Bangladesh fans not to ‘look for excuses’ after their team’s loss.

On Nurul’s allegation, Harsha said, ‘The truth about the fake fielding incident is that no one has seen it. The umpires didn’t see it, the batsmen didn’t and we didn’t either. Rule 41.5 provides for punishment under Fake Fielding, but no one has seen it on the field. So what will you do!’ He said, ‘I don’t think anyone can complain about the ground being wet. Shakib was right when he said that wetting of the ground should be on the batting side. The umpires and curators must continue the game until it is not possible to do so. And he handled it very well so that minimum time is wasted.

Harsha said in a series of tweets, ‘So, my friends from Bangladesh, please do not look at fake fielding or wet conditions as an excuse for not reaching the target. Had a batsman stayed till the end, Bangladesh could have won. The whole team is to blame for this… When we look for excuses, we don’t move forward.

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Chasing a revised target of 151 runs in 16 overs, Bangladesh lost by five runs to win due to rain in a Super-12 match in Adelaide on Wednesday. Captain Shakib Al Hasan conceded defeat, but Nurul, who kept Bangladesh in the match by hitting Arshdeep Singh for a six and a four in the last over, criticized the on-field umpires. He said in Bengali in the mixed zone, ‘The outfield being wet made a big difference. There was also a fake throw from which we should have got five runs, but did not get it.

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Actually, Nurul was referring to the incident of the seventh over. The video recording showed Arshdeep bowling the ball from deep and Nurul says that Kohli, standing on point, caught him and took the action of throwing it at the other end with a relay throw. Both the batsmen Liton Das and Najmul Hossain Shanto did not even look at Kohli, which raises questions on Nurul’s reasoning.

According to Rule 41.5 of the ICC’s Terms of Play, the fielding team cannot intentionally obstruct or distract the batsman. If the umpire feels that a player has broken the rule, he can declare a dead ball and award five runs of penalty. Since Shanto and Liton did not even look at Kohli, then the question of his distraction would not arise.

Tags: Bangladesh, Harsh Bhogle, T20 World Cup, T20 World Cup 2022, Team India, Virat Kohli



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