Did Nasum Ahmed deliberately bowled the wide ball? Stand-in captain Shanto reacts

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The most talked about incident of the India vs Bangladesh match is the wide ball controversy. The Indian cricket team marked their fourth win, defeating Bangladesh by seven wickets.

WIDE BALL CONTROVERSY

The India vs Bangladesh match of the ICC Men’s World Cup 2023 had an interesting turn in the 42nd over. While India’s ex-captain Virat Kohli was on his way to smash his 48th century, a wide was the hinder. In the 42nd over, Bangladesh’s spinner, Nasum Ahmed’s first ball, was down the leg side when India was two runs away from the victory. Moreover, Virat Kohli was at 97, looking forward to achieving a century. However, surprisingly, the umpire, Richard Kettleborough, didn’t signal the delivery as a wide ball. Eventually, in the third ball of the 42nd over, Virat Kohli smashed a maximum and concluded his hundred. This was his 48th century in ODI cricket history. Talking about the wide ball controversy, Bangladesh’s stand-in captain, Najmul Hossain Shanto, debunked the idea of a deliberate wide ball. While defending spinner, Nasum Ahmed, Shanto in the press conference said that,

“No, no. There was no such plan. It was a normal plan. No bowler had the intention to bowl a wide ball. We tried to play a proper game. It was not intentional” 

Virat Kohli reached his 48th century in ODI cricket history. Moreover, Now Virat Kohli is two centuries away from surpassing Sachin Tendulkar in the list of most centuries for ODI matches. In addition, he concluded his 78th century in International cricket.

KOHLI’S RECORD

After the India vs Bangladesh match, Virat Kohli achieved the milestone of being the fastest to reach 26,000 international runs. Moreover, he surpassed Sachin Tendulkar’s record by achieving 26,000 runs in the 567th inning. The legend Sachin Tendulkar completed his 26,000 international runs in the 600th inning.

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