Virat Kohli

Indian skipper Virat Kohli was seen asking Nitin Menon to ask Jofra Archer to not run in the middle of the pitch during England’s second innings on Day 4. Kohli – who knew every run was piling to India’s misery – said that Archer was even running the easy singles on the restricted area.

What Was The Incident Involving Jofra Archer, Which Virat Kohli Highlighted?

After stomaching a 241 run first-innings deficit and then reducing the opponent to 168/8 in the second innings, Virat Kohli was eager to get the English tail quick. The pitch behaved the way Ravichandran Ashwin would’ve wanted it to – enough spin and bounce to get the better of the visitors. Even after a decent bowling effort, England set a grand 420 run target for Kohli and company.

It was when the English tail was itching a few runs and there when Virat Kohli pointed out that Jofra Archer was running in between the pitch.

What Was Said By Virat Kohli To Umpire Menon?

The captain told the Indian umpire Nitin Menon: “Oye Menon, Seedhe run bhi beech mein bhad raha hai yaar kya hye.” (Translation: “Hey menon, he is running in the middle of the pitch”).

According to the laws of the game (ICC approved), a bowler or a batsman is not allowed to run on the protected area. Batsmen must use the side or the outside of the pitch to complete the runs, whereas bowlers’ follow-through shouldn’t breach the middle of the pitch.  This rule ensures the protection of the area where the ball normally bounces. Footmarks and spikes can damage or alter the pitch.

After asking India to chase a 420 run mark, England asked Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma to come out in the last session of Day 4. The latter of the duo fell down to Jack Leach’s turn. However, England picked up India on Day 5 where they left the batsmen.

The last day saw wickets falling at regular intervals. Gill scored a half-century but immediately fell to the lethal swing of Jimmy Anderson. The English spearhead castled Ajinkya Rahane and dismissed Rishabh Pant for cheap in his first session spell. Jack Leach picked four wickets – the highest for England in the fourth innings. Anderson finished with three as Archer, Bess and Stokes came back with one wicket each.

Video: Archer runs in the middle of the pitch; Kohli warns umpire Menon

The Overall Story Of The Game That Team India Lost To England

Virat Kohli did play a fighting 72 run inning. However, was beaten by the lack of bounce on a Ben Stokes delivery. He got eventually bowled after putting up a fight. Further, England cleaned the Indian tail to claim a 227 run win. This was India’s fourth consecutive Test loss under Kohli. It was their first at home in four years. Also, it was England’s sixth consecutive victory in Asia.

Talking about what went wrong, Kohli said, “Our body language and intensity was not up to the mark. Second innings we were much better. We were better in the second half of the first innings with the bat. Not the first four batters. We have to understand the things that we have done decently in this game. The things that we have not and as a side, we are always looking to improve. England was far more professional and consistent throughout the Test match than we were.”