‘Steve Smith way better than Kohli’ – Twitter lashes out at Virat Kohli for his poor outing in New Zealand
Trying to play a pull shot to a Trent Boult bouncer, Kohli missed the shot and nicked the ball in the 2nd innings.
Published - Feb 23, 2020 11:06 am | Updated - Feb 23, 2020 11:06 am
Team India started Day 3 of the First Test match of the ongoing two-match Test series on a not so positive note. While combined efforts of Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ravichandran Ashwin, led to New Zealand team getting all-out, but their batsmen had managed to score 348 runs, leaving India trailing behind by 183 runs.
When the Indians came in to bat, one of the two openers, Prithvi Shaw, caught by Tom Latham, off of a Trent Boult delivery. The next batsman to walk in was Cheteshwar Pujara, who along with the opener, Mayank Agarwal, managed to stitch together a partnership of 51 runs, taking the team’s score to 78 runs. But, Boult struck again and knocked off the stumps of Pujara, who walked out with a score of 11 runs off 81 deliveries to his name.
The man that walked in next, the captain of the team, Virat Kohli, had the responsibility to stabilize team India’s inning and get them to a decent score, by playing a long haul inning. But, disappointment struck the Indian camp, when he was dismissed cheaply for the second time in this match. Kohli has not been in the pink of his form in international cricket, in the last couple of months with the bat and it was evident in the way he was dismissed.
Trying to play a pull shot to a Trent Boult bouncer, Kohli missed the shot and nicked the ball. It landed safely in the hands of the wicketkeeper, BJ Watling and Kohli was seen walking back to the pavilion dejected, after scoring just 19 runs off 43 deliveries, at a time when his team was struggling to get the flow of runs going and get to a lead, putting up a decent score for the in-form New Zealand batsmen to chase.
Kohli in his last 10 international innings hasn’t been able to cross the 100 run mark even once, which by any other standards, might not be that bad. But the batsman that Kohli has come to be in the recent years, it is a pretty long dry stretch for a batsman of his stature. His Highest score in these 10 matches was 89 runs, which he had scored in an ODI against Australia in Bengaluru.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Virat Kohli’s poor form
Virat Kohli on this NZ tour:
T20Is – 45, 11, 38, 11
ODIs – 51, 15, 9
Tests – 2, 19
201 runs in 9 inns, one fifty. #NZvInd
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) February 23, 2020
Pujara: I shouldn't have left that ball.
Kohli: I should've left that ball.#NZvInd
— Gaurav Sethi (@BoredCricket) February 23, 2020
Trent Boult, man of his word…
— absy (@absycric) February 23, 2020
Short ball from Trent Boult done the trick, Virat Kohli poor form on this tour continues!! India in deep trouble now with 113/4.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) February 23, 2020
Kohli going though a really bad patch
Is this starting of decline of greatest batsman of this generation?
I think so #INDvNZ
— Biplab (@CricaddictBipu) February 23, 2020
— Yash Roy (@yaynyevi) February 23, 2020
Boult back and gets @imVkohli straight away. Invited kohli to drive the first ball and bangs it short the next. Kohli manages to give it a faint touch and a simple catch for the keeper..
— Sachin Sapkota 🇳🇵 (@sachinsapkota) February 23, 2020
Tera khoon kab khaulega re Kohli ? #NZvIND
— Mujtaba Ibrahim (@Mujtaba023) February 23, 2020
Virat Kohli's last 5 test Innings
12, 0, 136, 2, 19#NZvIND
— CricBeat (@Cric_beat) February 23, 2020
Kohli is surely suffering from a bad form but all players go through this. Hopefully he gets it back before the worldcup. #NZvIND
— Guss (@virikian) February 23, 2020
Shocking decision making from Kohli. Need a partnership and goes for an unnecessary hook shot
— Falak (@FalakRF) February 23, 2020
Kohli fails again when the going gets tough.#NZvsIND
— Phil (@Cr1cket__) February 23, 2020
Steve Smith is the best test batsman! Don't think about Virat Kohli in test even for a while!#NZvIND
— VIKASH KUMAR (@vkc1000) February 23, 2020
@BCCI After a long time, helpless and poor Virat was seen. Hope we get to see the huge form of King Kohli soon
— Deepak Vats (@Deepak_vats7) February 23, 2020
Another failure for Kohli, he’s looked out of sorts against some quality bowling. NZ firmly in control of this Test now. #NZvIND
— Prem Mohanty (@philipbkk) February 23, 2020
— Cute (@Kavitha70826745) February 23, 2020
Smith & Kohli no exceptions… But the former one digs in hard.
— 𝑻𝒂𝒌𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒒 (@LouisvileIip) February 23, 2020
Steve Smith is playing better than Virat Kohli in every format of cricket!#NZvIND
— VIKASH KUMAR (@vkc1000) February 23, 2020
— Pranjal Ray (@pranjalray15) February 23, 2020
Now that Kohli is gone, it’s fair to say all four wickets have come of bad shots or lack of, or poor batting decisions. That’s where Steve Smith stands out, don’t like it, but that’s a fact..
— Sabyasachi Routray (@sabya_chirper) February 23, 2020
Kohli failed on New Zealand tour. pic.twitter.com/Kieui8Jty3
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) February 23, 2020
No comparison between @stevesmith49 & @imVkohli in test matches. Followed Smith in the ashes? That's what he is capable of in test matches. Kohli will never amass 600+ runs in 4 matches. Secondly this Indian team does not have the stomach to stand & fight when chips down #NZvIND https://t.co/qqxe3Kfar6
— venugopal 🇮🇳 (@rvgpl71) February 23, 2020
Virat Kohli – a certified flat track bully. Never saw a match winning innings from him overseas. Smith way ahead of him in Tests. At least he wins matches for Australia out of nowhere. #INDvNZ #NZvIND
— 𝑪𝒓𝒊𝒄𝒌𝒆𝒕𝒑𝒆𝒅𝒊𝒂 🌐 (@ballvsbat) February 23, 2020
— That Cricket Guy (@Vivek7968) February 23, 2020
Haha bit of swing and so called king kohli is out 😂😂😂😂, Steve smith n Williamson all clear https://t.co/4lmYHlHKM7
— Srinjoy (@Srinjoy011) February 23, 2020
Some people say that Kohli is better than Smith in tests😂 What did Kohli do in this game when the team needed him?
Kohli is a better one day player but is nowhere near Smith in tests! #NZvIND
— Anirudh (@Mezzala144) February 23, 2020
Like Sachin, Kohli too would go down as the greatest ODI batsman. Test is where they would be labelled as ‘Just good enough’ perhaps.. Smith is waayy ahead of Kohli is test matches.. #INDvsNZTestCricket #ViratKohli #SachinTendulkar
— kunal Yashvardhan (@kunalyashh) February 23, 2020
In test cricket SMITH >>> KOHLI Period. #NZvIND
— Dhaval Mehta (@iamdhaval29) February 23, 2020
The Perfect Week is Passing :-
Kane – 89
Babar – 78
Smith – 45
Kohli – 2, 19
Ind almost Lost 1st Test!!#NZvIND
— Tanuj Kumar Singh (@iamTanujSi) February 23, 2020