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.
It's been a rather surprising turn of events for Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli. From scoring runs for fun in the home season and becoming the No. 1 batsman in the ICC Test Rankings, Kohli has endured a catastrophic outing in New Zealand since his arrival. With just one 50-plus score to his name across formats, the 31-year-old might go on to end the Kiwi tour with lesser runs under his belt than the 2014 tour of England which is considered as one of the worst of his career.
Since the conclusion of the 2019 ICC World Cup, Kohli has scored just two centuries – both of which came against West Indies – but that primarily has been because of the Indian openers' dominance. While runs have kept coming from the bat of the skipper, it's only in New Zealand that he is seen struggling to even cross the 50-run mark.
With the scores of 45, 11, 38 and 11, Kohli concluded the T20I series against the hosts without a half-century to his name. He then scored 51 in the first ODI against New Zealand in Hamilton but was dismissed for a paltry 15 in the second and 9 in the third.
The first Test saw the entire Indian batting unit struggle against the Kiwi pacers in the windy Wellington, with Kohli's case being no different. He only managed scores of 2 and 19 in the two innings of the first Test before being dismissed for 3 in the first innings of the second Test at Christchurch.