Virat Kohli's Poor Form Continues, Faces Heat For "Wasting" Review
Tim Southee knew as soon as the ball hit the pad but Virat Kohli hesitantly went ahead with the decision to take a review.
- Tanya Rudra
- Updated: February 29, 2020 08:38 AM IST
- Virat Kohli was removed cheaply by Tim Southee
- Virat Kohli hesitantly went ahead with the decision to take a review
- Twitter slammed Kohli for another poor outing and "wasting" a review
Virat Kohli failed to make an impact once again as he was removed cheaply by Tim Southee on the opening day of the second Test between India and New Zealand at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Saturday. To make the matters worse, Virat Kohli consumed India's only review after Mayank Agarwal used one in the first session. Tim Southee knew as soon as the ball hit the pad but Virat Kohli hesitantly went ahead with the decision to take a review after discussion with Cheteshwar Pujara. Virat Kohli had missed the ball by some distance and impact was right on off stump. Soon, fans took to Twitter to slam the Indian captain for another poor outing and "wasting" the review.
Here are some reactions
Virat Kohli DRS reviews (as batsman) in Tests since 2016— Sidhearts@???? (@Sidloverboy123) February 29, 2020
Nine stuck down
Three umpire's calls
Last successful review: vs SL, Kolkata, 2017/18 (Umpire: Joel Wilson)#NZvIND
Low score again for @imVkohli puts India in greater pain. How eell Kiwi bowlers have tested him with swing and seam. Big session for both teams now. Couple of more wickets and New Zealand will have taken vice like grip on match— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) February 29, 2020
Cricket is a team sport. But not for Virat Kohli. Clearly put himself ahead of the team, yet again.— Aditya (@forwardshortleg) February 29, 2020
2/13 (15%) successful reviews against LBW decisions in tests.
7 more wickets left, last review and wasting it on such a straightforward LBW is unforgivable. #NZvInd pic.twitter.com/gG2dteK60Q
Virat Kohli always thinking that he isn't out when it's comes to lbw decision in Test Cricket.— Rohit Sharma (@Ro45FC_) February 29, 2020
But the fact that he has been successful DRS only 2 times out of 13 he taken.
We suffer for DRS later. So don't use DRS just because of you are the captain.#NZvIND #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/XS7sa25vMc
Virat Kohli, whose top score of the tour is 51, managed just three runs before Southee removed him.
It was the seventh time during the ongoing tour that Virat Kohli failed to reach 20.
Kohli, who lasted just 15 deliveries at Hagley Oval, has not scored a century in his last 21 innings.
His last three-figure score came in the day-night Test against Bangladesh in Kolkata when he scored 136.
However, this is not the first lean patch of Kohli's stellar career.
Between February to October 2014, Kohli had failed to score a hundred in 25 innings across formats. Before that, he had failed to hit a hundred in 24 consecutive innings between February to September 2011.
Moreover, Virat Kohli lost his top spot in the ICC Test rankings for batsmen to Australia's Steve Smith earlier this week.
As far as the match is concerned, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bowl.
India, who trail the two match series 0-1, lost four early wickets as the hosts tightened their grip on the match early on Day 1.