Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) one-run defeat to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the ongoing IPL 2024 has become overshadowed by the contentious dismissal of star batsman Virat Kohli. The incident, which occurred during a crucial stage of the chase, has ignited debate and divided opinions.

RCB Chases Big Target at Eden Gardens

Chasing a mammoth target of 223 runs at the iconic Eden Gardens, RCB needed their experienced players to step up. While some contributions came from other batsmen, all eyes were on Kohli, who is known for his ability to chase down big totals.

Kohli’s Dismissal: A Turning Point?

However, Kohli’s dismissal in the third over sent shockwaves through the RCB camp. A seemingly innocuous delivery from KKR’s Harshit Rana, a full toss above Kohli’s waist height, was adjudged out by the umpire. Kohli, visibly frustrated, immediately called for a no-ball, believing the delivery was illegal due to its height. RCB captain Faf du Plessis joined Kohli in his protest.

Hawk-Eye Technology and the Point of Confusion

The confusion stemmed from the implementation of the new Hawk-Eye technology for no-ball calls in IPL 2024. This technology determines the trajectory of the ball at the point of delivery in relation to the batsman’s standing position at the popping crease.

While the naked eye suggested the delivery was indeed above Kohli’s waist, the Hawk-Eye data revealed a different story. Since Kohli was positioned well outside the crease at the time of delivery, the technology predicted that the ball would have dipped below his waist height if he had been standing at the popping crease.

Broadcasters Explain the Dismissal

Following the on-field decision, broadcasters provided a detailed explanation to viewers. They confirmed that Kohli’s waist height was measured at 1.04 meters, while the ball’s trajectory at the predicted point of contact (assuming Kohli was at the popping crease) was 0.92 meters. This data supported the umpire’s call as the ball remained below the legal waist height limit according to the rules.

Kohli’s Discontent and Post-Match Interactions

Despite the technological evidence, Kohli remained unconvinced. He left the field visibly disappointed, his frustration evident in his body language. This disappointment extended beyond the dismissal itself. Following the match, Kohli engaged in conversations that further fueled the controversy.

Chat with KKR Players: Explaining His Perspective

In a gesture that captured media attention, Kohli was seen talking to KKR players, including captain Shreyas Iyer, after the match. While the exact content of the conversation remains unknown, video footage showed Kohli using hand gestures to seemingly explain his perspective on the dismissal and the point of contact with the ball.

Discussion with the Umpire: Seeking Clarification

Furthermore, Kohli reportedly approached the on-field umpire after the match. The nature of this conversation is unclear, but it suggests Kohli was still seeking clarification or expressing his lingering doubts about the dismissal.

Looking Ahead: RCB’s Next Match

With the controversy simmering, RCB will have to move on and focus on their next encounter. They are scheduled to play against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Thursday. It will be interesting to see how Kohli and RCB handle the aftermath of this controversial incident.

Unanswered Questions and Lingering Debate

The Kohli dismissal has raised several questions that remain unanswered:

  • Did Kohli Misjudge the Ball’s Height? Was Kohli simply mistaken about the ball’s height at the point of delivery, leading to his initial belief in a no-ball?
  • Impact of Batting Stance on Perception? Could Kohli’s batting stance, with him standing outside the crease, have influenced his perception of the ball’s trajectory?
  • Room for Umpire’s Discretion? Despite the Hawk-Eye technology, does the umpire still have any room for discretionary judgment in such borderline cases?
  • Psychological Impact on Kohli? How will this controversial dismissal affect Kohli’s mindset moving forward in the tournament?

The answers to these questions will likely continue to fuel discussions and debates among cricket fans and analysts.

Read more: Marketing NewsAdvertising News, PR and Finance NewsDigital News


Rishi Malhotra, an adept editor at Atom News, specializes in travel and cultural affairs. With a global perspective and a flair for storytelling, Malhotra brings diverse perspectives to our readers, making Atom News a go-to source for enriching travel narratives.