India vs Australia: Virat Kohli’s Dismissal Sparks Debate on Twitter

Cricketnext Staff
Virat Kohli extended his lead at the top of the ICC Test rankings following a 25th Test ton in the second Test against Australia at Perth, while Nathan Lyon reaped rewards for his match-winning haul of 8/106 as he rose to a career-best seventh place on the Test bowling rankings.

Indian captain Virat Kohli went on to score his 25th Test century on Sunday, but was finally dismissed for 123 by Pat Cummins. But his wicket was a point of controversy on Day 3 at Perth.

Kohli went for a drive towards cover but only managed to edge it to Peter Handscomb at third slip, who took a low catch. Handscomb signalled that he had caught the catch clean but the centurion was not convinced. On-field Umpire Kumar Dharmasena went upstairs for the decision, with the soft signal being ‘Out’. After replays proved to be inconclusive to overturn the decision, Third Umpire Nigel Llong stuck to Dharmasena’s decision and Kohli had to walk.

Here’s the catch:

Doesn't get much closer than that! Kohli has to go... #CloseMatters #AUSvIND | @GilletteAU

— (@cricketcomau) December 16, 2018

The incident sparked a massive debate on Twitter, with verdicts varying from individual to individual. 

"I've got no doubt at all that's actually hit his fingers on the full. That hasn't bounced before him." - Ricky Ponting


— 7 Cricket (@7Cricket) December 16, 2018

I know there will be a lot of debate on the Kohli dismissal but it is critical to note that the law says there must be conclusive evidence to overturn the on-field umpire's decision. Kohli thought it bounced but historically those have been given out (more)

— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 16, 2018

Any complaints regarding the Kohli dismissal should be focussed on the soft signal rule—there’s no way the on-field umpire has a better view than the TV umpire—not the decision itself. It was not clear either way. A controversial decision; but not a terrible one. #AUSvIND

— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) December 16, 2018

Increased use of technology will inevitably create vexing situations like Kohli dismissal we just saw: pain or gain depending which way you want to see it. What’s important is whether technology makes the game fairer. Majority of players believe so.

— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) December 16, 2018

Takes great catches to win Test matches ... And the #Kohli catch was a beauty ... Bounced off his finger into the hand ... OUT ... Good decision ... #AUSvIND

— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) December 16, 2018

Peter Handscomb's catch of Virat Kohli is akin to Michael Clarke's catch of Sourav Ganguly off Brett Lee in the Sydney Test in January 2008.#AusvInd#AusvsInd

— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 16, 2018


How on Earth is that a clean catch?#IndvsAus #Perth #Kohli #Handscomb #Cummins

— Kanav Bali (@BaliKanav) December 16, 2018

One batsman walked the other didn’t, both out. Handscomb catch was soft out & went to third umpire given out, Rahul catch given out on field hazelwood walked no questions. Scoreboard says out for both so happy with both decisions.

— Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) December 16, 2018