The incident took place in the 30th over of the Indian innings. Kohli was dismissed while trying to defend the last ball of the over thrown by Ajaz Patel. The on-field umpire called out the New Zealand players’ appeal after the ball hit Kohli’s pad. But Kohli immediately took up the review. In the review footage, it was clear that the ball had hit the bat. However, there was no large gap between the bat and the pad, so it was not clear whether the ball was first hit on the bat or pad. The Indian fans hoped that the umpire’s decision would be reversed when it became clear that the ball had hit the bat, but after looking at the replay from various angles, the third umpire sided with the umpire’s decision.
– Moti Sure Laddu (eNeelsNishchay) December 3, 2021
Clearly see there was deviation. Ball hit bat first. Virat Kohli immediately take review. Third umpire doing such mistake. Nothing is going good for Virat Kohli. #IndvsNZtest #ViratKohli pic.twitter.com/P3Ugpa3rY3
— Arjit Gupta (@guptarjit) December 3, 2021
Kohli, who did not believe in the decision, inquired about the matter with the umpire and then returned with a strong expression of dissatisfaction. Head coach Rahul Dravid, who saw the replay in the dressing room, also had a look of displeasure on his face.
Virat Kohli can’t believe the decision as everyone. pic.twitter.com/ZZAo09goaq
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) December 3, 2021
The decision came as a disappointment to fans who had hoped that Kohli would make up for the lack of a century in cricket in two years with the Mumbai Tests. After scoring a century against Bangladesh in 2019, the Indian captain has not been able to score a century in any of the three formats of cricket.
India won the toss and elected to bat, scoring 147 for three in 46 overs. Mayank Agarwal (77) and Shreyas Iyer (17) were at the crease. Shubhman Gill (44), Cheteshwar Pujara (0) and Virat Kohli (0) were out. India lost three wickets in a row after getting off to a good start with 80 not out.