Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman Nurul Hasan has accused Indian tycoon Virat Kohli of “fake fielding” that went unnoticed by on-field umpires and cost his team five potentially crucial penalty runs in their T20 World Cup match. Bangladesh fell five runs short of their revised target of 151 in 16 overs after a brief spell of rain. While his captain, Shakib Al Hasan, admitted that Bangladesh had lost somewhat and squarely, Nurul, who kept Bangladesh in the game in the final over with a six and a four off Arshdeep Singh, appeared to criticise the on-field umpires after the game.
Nurul was referring to an incident that occurred in the seventh over. A video recording showed Arshdeep throwing the ball from deep and Kohli acting like he was relaying it at the non-end. Striker’s A relay throw occurs when the closer fielder catches the ball from deep and throws it at the stumps.
ICC playing conditions prohibit Fielding teams rule 41.5, which deals with unfair play, from “deliberate, distraction, deception, or obstruction of the batter.” While Nurul accused Kohli of fake fielding, he failed to consider the rule’s section on “distraction and deception.” Shanto and Litton were not distracted or duped because they needed to look at Kohli.