Captains should be able to review wide balls, waist-high no balls: Virat Kohli
- Virat Kohli hosted a star-studded Instagram Live chat for Puma India
- It was attended by Sunil Chhetri, KL Rahul and Indian boxing icon Mary Kom
- KL Rahul said teams should be allowed two reviews each instead of one
Captains should have the ability to review certain contentious decisions such as wide balls and waist-high no balls in T20 cricket, particularly in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Team India skipper Virat Kohli said on Wednesday.
Kohli hosted a star-studded Instagram live chat for Puma India, which was attended by the likes of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri, Kings XI Punjab skipper KL Rahul and Indian boxing icon Mary Kom.
“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,” PTI quoted Kohli as saying.
While saying that there have been internal discussions with the organisers of the marquee league, Kohli said “these things can make a massive difference.”
“We have seen this historically how big these things can be in such a high-profile tournament like IPL and in general T20 cricket,” said Kohli.
“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,” he added.
His first guest of the evening, Rahul agreed with his Royal Challengers Bangalore counterpart, adding that teams should be allowed two reviews each instead of one.
“If that rule comes in, it is very good. You can give a team two reviews and say you can use it for whatever,” Rahul said.
In reply to questions about other changes he would like to see in the IPL, Rahul said, “If someone hits a six over 100 metres, it should be given more runs. I will ask my bowlers about this.”
The 13th edition of the IPL is being hosted in the UAE in light of the surge of COVID-19 cases in India.
“I was nervous coming into the tournament. I was scared from injury point of view, that fear was always there,” Rahul said.
“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 a lot. Once the tournament started, you started getting into the groove, the fear started to go away,” he said.
Commenting on his first stint as the captain of an IPL team, Rahul said he was applying tips and tricks he learned from the likes of Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
“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 a good learning for me, leadership helps to grow individual faster,” Rahul said.