IPL 2024: Virat Kohli’s controversial dismissal raises questions about the use of technology

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The Indian Premier League (IPL) is no stranger to controversies, and the recent match between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) added another chapter to this saga. The incident in question was the dismissal of RCB’s star batter, Virat Kohli, which sparked a heated debate about the waist-high no-ball rule in cricket.

How Virat Kohli’s wicket led to controversy?

Virat Kohli, who was batting at 18 off 7 balls, was caught and bowled off a high full toss from KKR’s Harshit Rana in the third over. The delivery seemed to be dipping on the batter, even though it was above the waist height when Kohli made contact with it. The on-field umpires deemed it a fair delivery, leading to Kohli’s dismissal.

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Virat Kohli, along with the non-striker Faf du Plessis, expressed their displeasure to the on-field umpire, believing it should have been a no-ball for height. However, the decision was upheld even after a review.

The controversy lies in the interpretation of the waist-high no-ball rule. According to the rule, a delivery is considered a no-ball if it passes or would have passed, without pitching, above the waist height of the batter standing upright at the popping crease. In this case, the third umpire deemed the delivery from Harshit Rana a fair delivery as Kohli was standing outside his crease.

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The new Hawk-Eye technology, introduced to determine no-balls for height, played a crucial role in this decision. The technology showed that had Kohli stayed inside the crease, the ball would’ve reached him at a height of 0.92 meters, below his waist height measured at 1.04 meters. Therefore, the delivery was not considered a no-ball.

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This incident has brought the waist-high no-ball rule under scrutiny, with many arguing that the rule does not account for situations where the batter is outside the crease. Critics argue that the dangerous nature of a beamer from a bowler doesn’t go away just because the batter stepped a little out of the crease.

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Teja Devathoti
Teja Devathoti
Sports Content Writer at Swen Entertainment. Teja Devathoti has done his Bachelors in Commerce. He previously worked at Amazon as an associate in Operations. He has been a passionate follower of Cricket and other Sports since his childhood and this was the major reason to shift his career path to content creation because of its story-telling ability. He has a great desire to travel to all corners of the world covering various sports. Other than watching sports, Teja has a keen interest in Travelling, Music and Singing. His favourite cricket memory is India winning the 50 over World Cup and the great man Sachin Tendulkar achieving his biggest dream in his home ground.

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