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Would like to have the ability to review wide or a waist-high full-toss: Virat Kohli

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India and RCB skipper Virat Kohli said in an Instagram Live session that he would like to see technology take over in terms of reviewing wide balls and waist-high full tosses in T20 Cricket.

The suggestion from Kohli came in the wake of the controversial non-wide call from umpire Paul Reiffel in the game between SRH and CSK. According to Kohli, captains should have the power to review wide ball and waist-height no-ball calls from on-field umpires.

Kohli, in the Instagram Live session conducted by Puma India along with India teammate KL Rahul, was asked to pick one rule he would like to change in T20 cricket. The RCB skipper voiced his opinion on having wide and no-ball reviews for the fielding captain, saying, “I am going to speak as a captain. As a captain, I would like to have the ability to review wide or a waist-high full-toss.

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“Because we’ve seen historically in high profile tournaments like IPL, these small things can be a big factor. If you lose the game by a run and are not able to review that one decision, it makes a massive difference.” 

To which Rahul replied, “If that rule comes in, it is very good. You can give a team two reviews and say you can use it for whatever.” 

With extensive use of technology in modern-day cricket, IPL 2020 is already witnessing the use of the ‘Auto no-ball’ technology. The front-foot no balls are being monitored by the third umpire in the cash-rich league in order to minimize the errors committed by the on-field umpires. If Kohli’s voicing for reviews of wide-ball and waist-height no-ball calls from the umpires gets materialized, the significance of on-field umpires would take another hit.

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While Kohli suggested a new rule empowering the captain to take review for wides and waist-height no balls, Rahul suggested he would like to see extra runs being awarded to a batsman for hitting a six of over 100 metres. “As a batsman, if someone hits a six over 100m, it should be given more runs,” he said.