“It Was Crazy”: Faf Du Plessis’ Blunt Take On Virat Kohli’s Controversial Dismissal vs KKR

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Virat Kohli was left furious following a controversial dismissal during the IPL 2024 match between Royal Challengers Bengaluru and Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday. Kohli was caught by Harshit Rana off his own bowling but the batter was convinced that the ball was above his waist. However, replays showed that the ball was dipping and as Kohli was standing outside the crease, the ball would have ended up below his waist if he was standing at his normal batting position. Kohli was not happy with the third umpire’s decision and RCB skipper Faf Du Plessis also opened up about the controversial dismissal.

“It was crazy, rules are rules, Virat and myself thought that the ball was higher than the waist (on Kohli’s dismissal), I guess they measured from the popping crease, one team thinks it’s high, the other doesn’t. That’s how the game goes at times,” Faf said at the post-match presentation.

“Then the partnership, it was magnificent (on the Jacks-Patidar partnership), but when you don’t win too many games, some sort of panic sets in and the Narine over was game-changing. You don’t feel that you have time to settle down and bat (on the evolution of the IPL this season), the game doesn’t allow it to do that, obviously you have an extra batter, but in chases like these, you have to keep going.”

“The match-up against Narine, I thought that was the game changing over. The small things, I am actually proud of the boys tonight, the way we bowled and fielded, we did give away a couple of big overs towards the end, but I thought we kept them down to a par score. We thought we’ll go hard in the batting powerplay, find those boundaries at the start of the innings.”

“We were desperate, 10/10 from an effort perspective, the way we put up the effort in the ground, the faces told the story. We’ve got an unbelievable fanbase, we want to make them happy, we want them to have a smile on their face. We’ll have to continue putting in our efforts and try to change things around.”

Royal Challengers Bengaluru remained at the bottom of the IPL 2024 points table after suffering a one-run loss against Kolkata Knight Riders. KKR rode brilliant performances from Shreyas Iyer and Phil Salt to score 222 before Andre Russell took three wickets to clinch the victory for the hosts.

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