David Lloyd: Beware Virat Kohli … your words have consequences!

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DAVID LLOYD: Beware Virat Kohli … your words have consequences! All tests would be over within two days and ODIs within four hours if the Indian captain’s opinion on the referee’s decision was taken

  • Virat Kohli turned up the heat for the start of the one-day international series
  • Kohli had said the referee’s call should be removed from the decision-making system
  • These players must also be out if the ball is shown to hit any part of the stumps
  • However, all tests would be over in two days if the ball only snips the bail

Referees are increasingly undermined in international cricket and there are players who seem to think that they are playing the game rather than the referees.

Take Virat Kohli. Before the first ODI, the captain of India said the referee’s call should be removed from the decision control system and if the ball is shown to hit any part of the stumps it should be handed out.

Kohli doesn’t seem to have taken the consequences into account. If everything is out, even if the ball just cuts the bail, then all tests are over in two days. An ODI would be over in four hours.

Virat Kohli (above) turned up the heat for the start of the one-day international series

Bowlers known for their accuracy, such as Jimmy Anderson, Josh Hazlewood and Jasprit Bumrah, would take eight wickets every innings.

When I was a referee I often said ‘not out’ thinking maybe it was hitting but maybe it was missing too. There is an element of doubt to be taken into account. That should still be the case today, as we see in the DRS on marginal calls.

Do you think broadcasters would pay a lot of money if every game was completed quickly by giving out everything? Cricket would cost millions and players’ salaries would also be cut significantly.

Kohli had said the referees' decision should be removed from the decision-making system

Kohli had said the referee’s decision should be removed from the decision-making system

He also said players should be out if the ball is shown hitting some of the stumps

He also said players should be out if the ball is shown hitting some of the stumps

Kohli also suggested England put pressure on referees to send the ‘soft signal’ when Dawid Malan took a low catch in the fourth T20. First, the soft signal is there to leave as much authority as possible with the referees on the field.

And I don’t know if England pressured Nitin Menon in Ahmedabad, but I know one thing – Kohli has been pressuring, disrespectful and protesting against referees throughout this tour.

There are also a number of altercations in India that, if copied, will pervade every level. On Tuesday, there was another one towards the end of the innings in India. You may not confront an opponent on the field. It’s just not ready. And the toothless International Cricket Council has done nothing.

However, all ODIs would be over in four hours if Kohli's suggestions were adopted

However, all ODIs would be over in four hours if Kohli’s suggestions were adopted

The same goes for slow transfers. When T20 cricket was introduced in 2003 it was short, sharp and a lot of fun. Now it is like the Alamo. Games last more than four hours! And Tuesday’s first innings with 50 overs lasted over four hours! The consequences? Again, broadcasters, especially terrestrial broadcasters, will be wary of buying the product as they don’t know how it will affect their schedules.

Yes, the ICC fined both teams during the T20 series, but the players don’t give a shit. We don’t know how much they will be fined, who will pay them and where the money will go.

Referees must be given back their authority. They need to get yellow and red cards to stamp that lost authority because they look powerless. And Kohli, who has tremendous responsibility and influence, has to be very careful in what he says and does.

England collapsed from 135 with no loss to 251 and lost its first ODI against India by 66 runs

England collapsed from 135 with no loss to 251 and lost its first ODI against India by 66 runs

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