Virat Kohli’s return as Indian captain was not a happy one for the hosts as he was given out for a duck in the second test against the Black Caps on Friday.
Kohli was given out lbw to New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel after facing just four balls in Mumbai, but immediately asked for the DRS (Decision Review System) to check the call from umpire Anil Chaudhary.
The home team skipper, who was rested from the side which played a dramatic draw against NZ in the first test in Kanpur which finished on Monday, believed he had got an inside edge of his bat to the ball before it hit his pad.
The delivery was watched many times in slow motion by TV umpire Virender Sharma – who had been guilty of some poor decisions in the first test when one of the two on-field umpires.
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Sharma eventually ruled that there was no clear evidence that the ball had hit Kohli’s bat before it hit the pad and after checking the ball-tracking system which indicated the delivery would have hit the stumps, told his colleague Chaudhary there was no clear evidence to change his original ruling.
Kohli reacted with disbelief and talked with the other on-field umpire, Nitin Menon, before heading to the pavilion – an action that could see him having to front a disciplinary meeting with match referee Javagal Srinath.
It was Patel’s third wicket in 10 balls, which saw India slip from 80 without loss to 80-3 batting first after Kohli had won the toss.
New Zealand were without captain Kane Williamson for the test after he was ruled out with an elbow injury that is likely to see him miss a large chunk of the home international season.