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Kohli was 77 years old when he tried to hook Pakistani pacemaker Mohammad Amir and got what he thought was a knockout to Pakistan's box office keeper, Sarfaraz Ahmed.
Pakistan appealed but referee Marais Erasmus was not convinced.
Kohli, however, did not wait for the decision but left the field.
The replays suggested that the star drummer, who during his heats had become the fastest player to score 11,000 international races a day, had been cheated without a tip indicating a nick detected on the system Ultra Edge.
India then had 314 points out of five, and the rounds were reduced to 336 for the five after the exit of Kohli.
Kohli seemed visibly frustrated back in the locker room.
Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly said on television that he had walked because he had a creak in the shaft of his stick and that, rather than an edge, it was not a problem. was the sound he had heard.
The practice of drummers "walking" or going without waiting for the decision of an umpire was a familiar view of professional cricket in many countries.
But the increasingly important stakes in the modern game have seen it disappear. Adam Gilchrist, the retired Australian star, is the last high-level drummer to "walk" routinely.
Sunday's incident, however, allowed Kohli to regain his place among supporters of the rising opposition to the World Cup.
In the last game of his team, Kohli was congratulated for calling on Indian fans at Oval not to shame Steve Smith, who had just returned from a year of balloon falsification, when India's victory over the 36 defeats, Australia.
Political tensions between India and Pakistan have repeatedly resulted in the abandonment of cricket matches between neighboring countries.
But several Twitter fans have said Kohli's move on Sunday should see him honored with the Nobel Peace Prize.