BUMBLE ON THE TEST: India's Virat Kohli should get a three-Test ban

BUMBLE ON THE TEST: Virat Kohli should get a three-Test ban, in any other sport he would have been sent off… and India’s embarrassing pitch made the second Test a non-event

  • England were convincingly beaten in the second Test against India by 317 runs
  • It was England’s heaviest defeat ever in India as the hosts cruised to victory
  • I chuckle and despair there was no word of disciplinary action against Virat Kohli
  • The pitch made the second Test of the series a non-event from the start 

England were heavily defeated in the second Test with India claiming a 317-run victory on the fourth day.

The visitors lost all 10 wickets to spin as they were bowled out for 164 to leave the series finely poised at 1-1. 

Sportsmail’s David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd has his say on Virat Kohli’s antics, India’s turning pitch and David English and the Bunbury Festival.

England were defeated in the second Test with India claiming a 317-run victory on Tuesday


No word of any disciplinary action against Virat Kohli then? I chuckle and I despair. Cricket is so archaic. The captain of a national team is allowed to criticise, berate, intimidate and ridicule an official on the pitch. 

And he was allowed to carry on playing on in the second Test! In any other sport, he would have been sent off the field. Kohli certainly shouldn’t be playing in Ahmedabad next week.

All it would take to show the public the severity of any offence is the introduction of yellow and red cards. This was a straight red — which would mean he misses the next three Tests. The lack of any action from match referee Javagal Srinath sitting there in his nice air-conditioned room beggars belief. Three and a half days and he has said nothing.

Virat Kohli should be given a three-Test ban for his antics during the second Test of the series


This Test, to me, was a non-event. And to be brutally honest I’ve had no real interest in it since the first morning when the pitch exploded. I knew all I needed to know then. The result was inevitable, it was just a matter of time.

For the record, India played better, obviously, and England’s spinners were found wanting in the most helpful of conditions.

OK, you can tell me India got more than 600 runs in the match including a century from their No 8 Ravi Ashwin, but that’s not the point. The point is these two Tests have been played at the same ground, 15 yards apart, but one pitch was prepared and the other wasn’t. This one was an embarrassment. The simple question is, why? I don’t suppose we’ll be hearing from the ICC on this one either. They are an organisation that just pussy-foots around.

Now the show moves on to Ahmedabad and an enlarged 100,000-plus capacity venue. The pitch is usually as dead as a dodo. They have even had draws there. So what, dear reader, do we expect from the pitch in the third Test?

They’ve had months to prepare it. I’m curious to know. Just for the record, I have no problem with turning pitches. It’s just there has to be a pitch.

The pitch made the second Test a non-event, the result was inevitable and a matter of time


Let’s finish on a lighter note and my old mucker David English. If you think I’m eccentric, this bloke is in a different league. 

But he does great work with the Bunbury Festival and will be very proud. And every member of this England side was a Bunbury at Under 15 level. 

They get this motto — ‘A Bunbury stands for freedom. Stands for fun. So do a good turn unto others. A Bunbury does his best.’ I wonder if there is a similar message for Kohli?

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