In the past, Virat Kohli paid the price for hastily taking revisions, but none greater than today in the World Trials Championship final, where he ignored the advice of his partner, Ajinkya Rahane. Even though Rahane was sure it was out, Kohli wasted a review and saw three reds in return.
India spent the night on the second day, scoring 146/3, with Indian skipper Virat Kohli and his understudy Ajinkya Rahane at 44 and 29 respectively, having weathered the previous storm. However, a late start to the day combined with gray clouds again put the two Indian hitters under pressure. Right from the start, the Kiwi bowlers, with Trent Boult, started the process sublimely, on point.
While Kohli overcame Boult’s challenge convincingly, Kyle Jamieson at the other end was in big trouble. The Kiwi sprinter had consistently hit the correct line and length on the second day, causing a meltdown against the Indian batters. He didn’t change one bit on day three, pitching the same length to challenge the two Indian hitters.
Kohli, who left with close to 90% control on the first day of play, had his fair share of fighting Jamieson on the third day. In the 68th of innings, which was Jamieson’s 16th innings, the lanky pacer caught the Indian captain right in front of the stumps, prompting the referee to annul him.
The Indian skipper had a word with his non-forward but Rahane was far from convinced before Kohli did the check-up at the last second. To the 32-year-old’s horror, the replay showed three reds, also confirming his fight against criticism, bringing his tally to just two earned reviews out of 17 as a hitter.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
VIRATE GONE !!
– Rishobpuant (@rishobpuant) June 20, 2021
It’s no wonder Jamieson didn’t want to hit Kohli on the net during the IPL. https://t.co/CQRsTxTuHc
– Sharpened and Taken Cricket (@EdgedAndTakenCr) June 20, 2021
King Kohli: dating story in the 40s and 80s for the past two years. Not hundreds. This was the day India needed it the most to hit 3 figures. # WTCFinal21
– just the truth (@skvspeaks) June 20, 2021
Indeed an excellent setup that was for Jamieson to discard #Kohli similar to that layoff in 2020
This is going to be a challenge for #Trousers against Jamie & Southee # WTCFinal21 pic.twitter.com/JG4EvwT43U
– Balaji K (@ BalajiK56256418) June 20, 2021
– sadab kohli🇮🇳💕 (@sadab_kohli) June 20, 2021
Virat Kohli looked in the zone throughout his innings, but Kyle Jamieson has the last laugh ☝️#WTCFinal
– ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) June 20, 2021
Virat Kohli DRS references as a hitter (evidence)
– 17 references
– 2 confirmed
– 5 referee call
– 10 shot down
Selfish gamer in my book. Rohit of course.
– Aishwarya Karanam (@Icewaryaah) June 20, 2021
Virat Kohli DRS References as Batter (Testing) 17 References 2 Upheld 5 Referee Calls 10 Knocked Down # WTC2021Final
– KIRAN NS (@ KIRANNS14) June 20, 2021
I wonder what Kohli has to say about the referee’s decision at this point?
– The Cricket Podcast (@TheCricketPod) June 20, 2021