Following the India-Bangladesh World Cup match, two significant topics have taken social media by storm. Firstly, the remarkable century scored by Indian batsman Virat Kohli, and secondly, the viral memes and discussions surrounding the non-wide call made by match umpire Richard Kettleborough and his subsequent expression.
When India’s star batsman, Virat Kohli, was at 97 runs, it seemed like he was about to reach a century in the World Cup 2023 match against Bangladesh. However, Bangladesh’s left-arm spinner, Nasum Ahmed, delivered a ball down the leg side that appeared to be a wide delivery. To the surprise of many, umpire Richard Kettleborough chose not to signal the extra run, dampening the hopes of the Bangladesh spinner.
Umpire Richard Kettleborough’s unexpected decision left many people surprised, and even Kohli seemed disappointed with the bowler’s intentions. However, the humorous twist in the situation was umpire Richard Kettleborough’s subtle smile, which he displayed after ruling the ball as not wide. This infectious smile quickly became the subject of numerous memes that have since gone viral on social media. Some users even humorously suggested that Richard should be awarded the prestigious Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award.