The excitement surrounding the 'Iron Thone' might have finished with the conclusion of ‘Game of Thrones’, but a new throne has become a part of the headlines. Like the 'GoT’ throne, this one also was fictional, but conveyed a real point, however, it irked a few. The International Cricket Council (ICC)’s illustration of Virat Kohli on a throne ahead of India’s first World Cup match against South Africa on Wednesday, led to Michael Vaughan terming it as ‘impartiality’, but ICC had their facts ready to justify the post.
Virat, who’s earned the moniker ‘King Kohli’, and rightly so, was decked up as a King with the crown and jewels on him, the bat and ball in his hands in a graphical illustration, with the tricolour on and behind him and India’s previous World Cup victories, 1983 and 2011, on the board on his right. ICC’s Twitter handle used the crown emoticon to convey their point across.
Vaughan, however, was displeased and wrote, “Nothing like impartiality!!!”
ICC found it odd and posted 3 images to counter the former England captain’s jibe. They shared images of the Team India captain’s name on top of the Test and One-Day International rankings, and his triple honours of Cricketer of the Year, Test Cricketer of the Year and ODI Cricketer of the Year at the ICC Awards earlier this year.
Meanwhile, Kohli had a rare off-day on the field as he was dismissed for 18 by Andile Phehlukwayo after facing 18 deliveries. Rohit Sharma steadied the ship after the wickets of Dhawan and Kohli and was unbeaten at 63 at the time of publishing this story. He was being supported by KL Rahul, who scored 21 not out, as India chased the target of 228 set by the Proteas.
Chahal was the star in the bowling department as his 4/51 was the biggest obstacle for the African team to score big. Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuveshwar Kumar picked up two wickets a piece and Kuldeep Yadav took one scalp.