Old habits die hard as they say and it showed on the field last night in the IPL game between Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore where the RCB captain Virat Kohli was seen trying to put saliva on the ball subconsciously.
However, Kohli, within a second, realized his mistake and took his fingers off the ball to make sure no saliva got onto the ball. He then looked towards the umpire with a sheepish smile and apologized by putting his hand up.
Before Virat Kohli, Robin Uthappa had tried to do it as well
Before Kohli, the Rajasthan Royals batsman Robin Uthappa had also subconsciously put saliva on the ball in one of the previous games of IPL 2020. While that’s strictly against the protocols, the players are not getting punished for it as the BCCI understands the instincts of the players might take over at times.
The players have spent years putting saliva on the ball and suddenly, they have been asked not to do it and while they understand it, it might take them a little bit of time to train their minds to get rid of this habit completely.
The on-field umpires, however, keep the sanitizers with them to ensure in case anyone applies saliva on the ball by mistake, the ball can be disinfected immediately without any other player touching it.
Virat Kohli’s mistake was, however, noticed by millions watching the game on TV and the admin of Delhi Capitals twitter handle got into it as well, as they reacted to it in a really hilarious manner.
Delhi Capitals twitter handle wrote, “Cheeku bhaiya, masti nahi” (Cheeku bro, no joking around please).
Cheeku is actually the nickname of the RCB captain Kohli which became very famous after he made his way into the Indian national team as the former Indian captain and wicket-keeper MS Dhoni started calling him Cheeku on a regular basis from behind the stumps and everyone could hear that from the stump mic.