Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli, on Saturday, raised his concerns over the new ICC’s rules over water breaks that permit water breaks only at the fall of a wicket or in-between overs. He said he hopes the match officials take into account external factors such as heat.
As per the new ICC regulations from September 30, water breaks are permitted only at the fall of a wicket or in-between overs, with unscheduled breaks at the umpires' discretion.
While batting, Cheteshwar Pujara worked around the water-break restrictions by sipping water from small bottles in his pocket.
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Though it’s October, the temperature was close to 40 degrees Celsius on each of the three days of the first test between India and West Indies in Rajkot. Players from both sides were constantly under the supervision of umpires while asking for drinks breaks.
"That was a bit to do with the umpires pushing us as well, with these new rules coming in of not drinking too much water," Kohli said after the game in the post-match press conference.
"These things should be considered according to the conditions we play in. The extra scrutiny led to an improvement in over-rates. The guys really struggled in this game because of those few changes. It was quite difficult for the guys not to drink water for close to 40-45 minutes while batting and on the field as well. I'm sure they'll look into this," Kohli added.
Virat revealed that the team went in the match with a fifth bowler at the expense of an extra batsman. "We wanted to have the extra guy because of the heat factor. Four bowlers would have struggled in these conditions and we just wanted to give them a bit more breaks in between and still have quality bowling coming at the opposition.”