Mumbai Indians’ (MI) Dewald Brevis’ very first ball in the Indian Premier League (IPL) saw the back of Virat Kohli of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). However, it did not go without its own share of controversy.
Brevis and his MI teammates went up in appeal for Kohli’s leg-before wicket following the first ball of the 19th over. On-field umpire K. N. Ananthapadmanabhan was quick to raise his finger, however, Kohli immediately resorted to the Decision Review System (DRS).
The UltraEdge on the giant screen showed a slight deflection as the ball passed the bat before going onto crash into Kohli’s pads. However, third umpire Ulhas Gandhe wasn’t convinced and stuck with Ananthapadmanabhan’s original call.
Kohli was visibly furious as he walked back to the dugout, having made 48 off 36 balls. Although the wicket didn’t have an impact on the result as RCB beat MI by seven wickets, Kohli missed out on a possible half-century. The dismissal initiated heated fan debates on social media.