Tim Southee’s bunny Virat Kohli fails again, horror run with DRS calls continues

Written by Abhishek Patil

Virat Kohli’s horror run in New Zealand continues as the India captain was dismissed for 3 on Day 1 of the ongoing 2nd Test in Christchurch on Saturday. Virat Kohli’s hundred-less run extends to 21 innings in international cricket. Kohli has now managed just 204 runs in 10 innings and just 1 fifty on the ongoing tour of New Zealand.

This is also the 10th time Virat Kohli has got out to Tim Southee in international cricket — the most times the New Zealand quick has dismissed a batsman.

Having survived a tricky period of 15 minutes before Lunch break, Virat Kohli fell as early as the 2nd over after the break at the Hagley Oval on Saturday. Kohli missed a straight ball from Tim Southee and was adjudged LBW for 3. Kohli looked solid before the lunch break but a moment of lapse in concentration led to his downfall.

Notably, Kohli went for a review after discussing with non-striker Cheteshwar Pujara for a considerable amount of time even as the call looked plumb. As it turned out, there were 3 reds and the on-field umpire’s decision stayed.

Kohli has had a history of poor DRS calls. As a batsman, he has found success in only 2 of 13 DRS reviews in Test cricket. 9 of the 13 DRS calls have been struck down while 2 were umpire’s calls.

Since the Kolkata Test against Sri Lanka in 2017/18, Kohli has not got a DRS call right as a batsman in Test cricket.

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