Not to lead anyone to the horrible trap of superstition and unfounded belief systems, but we have to pay attention to the fact that when it comes to Virat Kohli and his Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) , their fate is doomed at the Indian Premier League (IPL) ever since the franchise was introduced in 2008.
Having made it to just three IPL finals (2009, 2011 and 2016), RCB has never won a single title despite the team being loaded with world-class talents from the best squads seen at the international cricketing level.
Ever since Kohli took up the role of the leader of the team ahead of the 2014 season of the league, his run as the skipper is flooded with unfortunate losses, embarrassing moments (RCB hold the record for the lowest IPL total of 49 runs) and heartbreaking exits from the tournament through the years.
One such incident took place on Thursday in a nerve-racking game against Rohit Sharma's Mumbai Indians (MI). With Bengaluru needing seven runs off the final delivery of match, the loss was almost certain for the players in red and gold. Mumbai pacer and Sri Lankan legend Lasith Malinga let out a full-toss to an unprepared batsman in Shivam Dube who managed to connect and failed to take a single run.
The twist however comes at a technical level. While Malinga took his run-up for the final ball, he overstepped which usually calls for the umpire to call it a 'no-ball'. This time around, the on-field umpire S. Ravi missed the call, resulting in RCB's unfortunate loss.
Bed and poor umpiring by the umpires if the umpire consider the no ball the result was different and gone to RCB's sideðð captain Kohli says the same thing that,"umpires ko ankhain khuli rakhni chahiain!!!"ð ð¤ð¡........ pic.twitter.com/neTAlxM4lm— Imakash_n6.o (@akash_nad) March 29, 2019
What makes this incident even more excruciating is the 'what if' factor. If the umpire had called out for the 'no-ball', it not only would have resulted in an extra delivery but also an additional run awarded to Kohli's side making it possible for them to win with a maximum at the last ball.
When Kohli was approached after the game, he was ready to share a piece of his mind with the public. Without holding back anything Kohli charged at the umpire for messing it up big time and very rightly so.
"We are playing at the IPL level. We are not playing club cricket. That is just a ridiculous call -- last ball. The umpires should have their eyes open. It was a no-ball by an inch. It's completely different game altogether,” said a furious Kohli.
“If it is a game of margins, I don't know what is happening. They should have been more sharp and careful out there."
Sympathising with the umpires after the debacle, fans showed their concerns about the poor officials' wellbeing on Twitter:March 29, 2019 March 28, 2019 March 28, 2019 March 28, 2019
Kohli to Umpire after presentation ceremony: pic.twitter.com/JWOMIHFeYE— Nitish Ranjan (@nitish_ranjan) March 28, 2019 March 28, 2019 March 28, 2019 March 28, 2019
Kohli is fuming. That umpire is unemployed now.— Abhishek (@Sajjanlaunda) March 28, 2019 March 28, 2019