Bangladesh accuses Virat Kohli of ‘Fake Fielding’

November 3, 2022 at 6:45 AM

Bangladesh has accused Virat Kohli of “fake fielding” during India’s five-run victory in their T20 World Cup match in Adelaide.

The incident occurred in the seventh over of Bangladesh’s innings, when opening batter Litton Das played a ball out to deep point.

As the return from Arshdeep Singh came in, Kohli, who was fielding on the circle, pretended to throw towards the bowlers end as the ball went past him

Neither on-field umpire, Marais Erasmus or Chris Brown, took action at the time. The penalty for fake fielding is five runs, a sanction that takes on greater significance given it was India’s eventual margin of victory

“We all saw that it was a wet ground,” Bangladesh Nurul Hasan said.

“Eventually, when we talk about these things, there was also a fake throw. It could have been a five-run penalty. That also could have gone our way, but unfortunately, even that didn’t materialise.

Law 41.5 states that “it is unfair for any fielder wilfully to attempt, by word or action, to distract, deceive or obstruct either batter after the striker has received the ball.

“The bowler’s end umpire shall … award five penalty runs to the batting side, inform the captain of the fielding side of the reason for this action and as soon as practicable inform the captain of the batting side.” (