Twitter lambasts Virat Kohli for wasting a review in the second Test against New Zealand

Twitter lambasts Virat Kohli for wasting a review in the second Test against New Zealand

Kohli scored only three runs before getting dismissed.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The second Test between India and New Zealand got underway on Saturday with the hosts winning the crucial toss on a green pitch. India, however, got off to a decent start thanks to a whirlwind half-century from Prithvi Shaw. But the youngster couldn’t get a big score and got out on 54. To make things worse, the visiting skipper Virat Kohli was also dismissed soon after lunch extending his lean run on the tour.

Kohli’s dismissal left India reeling three down early once again. It was a gentle fullish delivery from Tim Southee and the batsman played for the swing and missed the ball by a long way. The ball also didn’t swing much and it was clear to even the naked eye that Kohli was caught plumb in front of the stumps.

Southee didn’t even look at the umpire and went on a celebratory run before Virat Kohli was adjudged lbw and absurdly, the Indian captain went for a review. The decision looked a bit weird given the fact that the odds were heavily stacked against him with the ball hitting him very low on the pad and the impact was on the middle stump.

Kohli wastes the review much to the frustration of the fans

Moreover, India had lost the review earlier in the innings as well when Mayank Agarwal was given out after Trent Boult had caught him in front of the stumps. And Virat Kohli should’ve clearly avoided reviewing his decision with the team still having seven wickets in hand after losing him. This is not the first time that he has wasted the review despite being plumb and this might eventually cost India in the first innings now.

Virat Kohli’s record with the reviews after he is given out is not great either. The 31-year-old last took a successful review in Tests against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens during the 2017-18 season. Moreover, in the Tests since 2016, Kohli has taken 14 referrals and has managed to overturn only twice while only thrice it has come down to umpire’s call. On a whopping nine occasions, the umpire’s decision has been perfect in his case.

Clearly, Twitterati wasn’t impressed with the Indian skipper wasting yet another review. Let alone his lean run, his usage of DRS has put India in trouble in the first innings of the second Test.

Here’s how Twitter reacted: