Virat Kohli's DRS blunders: India captain has not got reviews right as Test batsman in 2 years

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Author 2019-10-19 14:33:00

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India vs South Africa, 3rd Test: Virat Kohli was out for 12 on Day 1 (PTI Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Virat Kohli was out for 12 in the 1st innings on Saturday
  • Kohli reviewed the umpire's call but the on-field decision stayed
  • As batsman, Kohli hasn't got a DRS call right since November 2017 in Tests

Virat Kohli's struggles to get the Decision Review System (DRS) call right as batsman in Test cricket continues as the India captain failed to make good use of the review in the ongoing 3rd Test between India and South Africa in Ranchi on Saturday.

As batsman in Tests, Virat Kohli got the DRS call wrong for the 9th successive time. The last time Kohli got a decision overturned as batsman in Tests was during India's drawn Test against Sri Lanka in November 2017.

Virat Kohli was given out for 12 after the India captain was trapped in front in the 16th over on Day 1. Anrich Nortje got the ball to tail into Kohli after the India captain leaned forward with very little foot movement.

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Umpire Nigel Llong did not take a lot of time before giving it out. However, Virat Kohli was seemingly convinced that the ball would have missed the leg-stump as the skipper went for the review immediately.

However, the replays showed the ball would have gone on to clip the leg-stump. The decision stayed as umpire's call and Kohli had to walk back for 12. India though did not lose the review, considering the replays did not show 3 reds.

Meanwhile, Anrich Nortje, who went wicketkless in his maiden Test in Pune, became only the 4th bowler to get Virat Kohli as his 1st-ever Test wicket. Only South Africa's Kagiso Rabada, Senuran Muthusamy and West Indies' Alzarri Joseph have done so.

South Africa, who are fighting to save a series whitewash, came out all guns blazing with pacer Kagiso Rabada leading the show. Rabada struck early for the visitors by removing double centurion and opener Mayank Agarwal for 10. He then came up with a gem of a delivery to get Cheteshwar Pujara out for 0.

Former captain Graeme Smith slammed South Africa for sending a proxy captain in Temba Bavuma for the toss in Ranchi on Saturday, saying the decision showcased the dip in body language of the team.

"It was a quirky moment but for me it was a little bit pathetic," Graeme Smith told Star Sports.

"It just shows the mindset of the South African side. I didn't enjoy seeing that. I would rather see the South Africa captain stand there, own his position.

"You know, they are looking at the wrong places for the reasons they have lost the game. Unfortunately, they haven't played well enough. Yes, winning the toss in the sub-continent is a nice thing to do but if you play well enough, you can still compete."

However, the way in which Kagiso Rabada led the new-ball show would have given the former South Africa captain a lot of joy.

India were in a spot of bother as they headed to lunch at 71 for 3. Newly-promoted opener Rohit Sharma, who was unbeaten on 38, holds the key as India look to post a competitive 1st innings total on what has been a difficult wicket to bat on.

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