Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli had nearly committed the blunder of applying saliva on the ball but stopped himself just on time in the ongoing game against Delhi Capitals. And his reaction after that was simply incredible as the RCB skipper stopped himself just on time from committing the mistake.
In June, the International Cricket Council (ICC) had announced a temporary ban on applying saliva to the ball in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic to keep the players and umpires safe from virus transmission. However, the players are allowed to use sweat to shine the ball.
Virat Kohli, nonetheless, forgot the rule for a while but recalled it before making the mistake. The incident took place on the third ball of the third over bowled by Navdeep Saini. Prithvi Shaw’s cracking drive was stopped by the RCB star at the short cover and he was then seen putting his finger on his tongue.
But before touching the ball, he realised the mistake he was about to commit and stopped himself. The batting superstar was perhaps amused by his quick thinking as he broke into laughter before passing the ball to his teammate.
Here is a clip of the incident:
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Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar also saw the incident and he was quick to react to it. The former India batsman took to Twitter to praise one of Prithvi Shaw’s shot before saying that Virat Kohli’s reaction was a ‘million dollar reaction’, tweeting:
“What an incredible shot by @PrithviShaw there! A million dollar reaction by
@imVkohli after almost applying saliva on the ball. Sometimes instincts takeover!”
What an incredible shot by @PrithviShaw there!
A million dollar reaction by @imVkohli after almost applying saliva on the ball.
Sometimes instincts takeover!😋
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 5, 2020
Earlier in the ongoing season, Rajasthan Royals’ Robin Uthappa had applied saliva on the ball during the clash against Kolkata Knight Riders.
Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals are off to a cracking start in the ongoing game. Asked to bat first, they are currently at 79 for 1 after 9 overs. Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan added 68 runs for the first wicket in just 40 deliveries before the former departed for 42.
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