The ongoing Test match between India and New Zealand marks the return of Virat Kohli at the helm of affairs in Test match cricket. After India’s early exit at the T20 World Cup 2021, Kohli had taken a break and had since then not featured in any form of the game until the second Test in Mumbai. While he did not have the best of outings with the bat as he departed for a duck, he has turned the game on its head through his captaincy.
The dismissal of Tom Latham in the New Zealand innings was a prime example. Latham who can be a silent assassin with the bat for the Kiwis was outdone by a brilliant piece of captaincy from Kohli. Just before the southpaw’s dismissal in the fourth over of the innings, Kohli was seen asking Shreyas Iyer to go a bit deeper while guarding the on-side fence and Latham hit it straight to him while trying to attack a short ball from Mohammed Siraj.
A short video of this is doing the rounds. Check it out here:
Look carefully, in this video, you can see Virat Kohli setting the field and asking Iyer to go deep at square leg.
— Sameer Allana (@HitmanCricket) December 4, 2021
Watch the wicket here:
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Earlier Kohli had become a victim of a rather contentious claim when he was adjudged out after a DRS call saw a spike in the ultra edge with the ball being close to both bat and pad at the same time. Former India batting coach Sanjay Bangar also expressed his opinion on the same but believed that Kohli was not out.
“I certainly felt the ball hit the bat first. You can see the deviation, where the ball was going after the impact. Clearly, the ball hit the bat first. Look at that deviation. Now, for the ball to come back and hit the pad, it is only because there is something on it. Otherwise, there was no chance that the ball would have come back so much and deviated. So, clearly an error on the part of the umpire,” Bangar said on Star Sports.
“What happens is that if the third umpire looks to slow down the replay, it gets difficult for him. So, it is rather a good thing for him to see the review in real-time, and then he could have seen the deviation. Slowing it down confuses the umpire in making the right decision.”