India vs Australia 2nd T20I Melbourne: India skipper Virat Kohli got into a heated argument with the on-field umpires over continuity of play despite the rain. Kohli sprinted in from deep mid-wicket towards the umpires. Knowing well that India is trailing in the series, Men in Blue had the hosts on the mat and Kohli wanted to leave the field as he felt it was not a passing shower. But the rain persisted and the game was abandoned.Also Read - Rohit Sharma Shouldn't be the Obvious Choice to Replace Virat Kohli as Test Captain Because of Fitness Issues Feels Sunil Gavaskar
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The incident took place in the 19th over of the match when Bumrah was bowling and had the responsibility of keeping a lid on the big shots. The umpires refused to suspend the game right then and get the covers on, an unhappy Kohli engaged in an argument with the officials suggesting why the play shouldn’t have continued. Also Read - Maintaining a Vision is Going To Be Very Important: Jasprit Bumrah On Road To 2023 WC
Former Australian skipper Michael Clarke too backed Virat Kohli as he felt the India captain was right in asking players to leave the field as the pitch would get wetter and batting would become tough when the Indians resume the chase.
Australia scored 132/7 in 19 overs when play was called off and it never got underway after that. Had play been suspended then, India would have needed 137 to win by the Duckworth Lewis method. Khaleel and Bhuvneshwar were the picks of the Indian bowlers as they picked up two wickets apiece.
D Arcy Short, Aaron Finch (c), Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ben McDermott, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Lokesh Rahul, Rishabh Pant (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, K Khaleel Ahmed