IND vs BAN: Give Him Bharat Ratna! Twitter Reacts As Richard Kettleborough Denies Wide To Help Virat Kohli Hit Century

Published - 20 Oct 2023, 01:03 AM

Virat Kohli, Richard Kettleborough
Virat Kohli, Richard Kettleborough [PC: X]

The English cricket umpire Richard Kettleborough started trending on X (formerly known as Twitter) following India’s win over Bangladesh in the 17th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Thursday, October 19.

The reason behind Richard Kettleborough becoming a topic of discussion among fans was his decision in the final over of the match. On the first ball of the 42nd over of India’s innings, spinner Nasum Ahmed delivered Virat Kohli a flatter down the leg and it looked like a clear wide delivery.

However, to everyone’s surprise umpire didn’t call it a wide. The fans of the Indian cricket team and Virat Kohli were happy with the decision of Richard Kettleborough as Kohli was nearing his century with very less runs required to win.

Notably, India needed just 2 runs to win in 54 balls and Kohli was batting at 97. Richard Kettleborough also gave out a cheeky smile after his decision and the players in the Indian dressing room were also laughing after the decision.

Eventually, the decision of Richard Kettleborough didn’t matter as even if he had given it a wide, Kohli would have completed his century comfortably. After playing a dot on the second ball of the 42nd over, Kohli launched Nasum Ahmed’s delivery for a six to complete his ton and help India win the match by 7 wickets.

Many fans felt that the decision made by the umpire was the correct one as the spinner tried to bowl a wide intentionally to deny Kohli a ton. While the others felt that the umpire made a really poor decision.

At the post-match press conference, Bangladesh stand-in skipper Najmul Hossain Shanto said that they had no plans to deliver a wide to Kohli and it was unintentional.

“The wide to Virat Kohli wasn’t intentional. We wanted to play a proper game” Najmul Hossain Shanto said at a press conference.

Here’s How X Reacted To Richard Kettleborough Denying A Wide To Help Virat Kohli Complete His Century:


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