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The cricket world was left in disbelief on Friday when Virat Kohli appeared to be dudded by a controversial DRS decision in the second Test against New Zealand.
Kohli was out for a duck to New Zealand's Mumbai-born spinner Ajaz Patel after the third umpire upheld an lbw decision from on-field official Anil Chaudhary.
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The captain, who returned to lead the side after he stepped down as Twenty20 captain and took a short break, asked for a review of the decision.
Replays appeared to show a clear inside-edge before the ball struck Kohli's pad, however third umpire Virender Sharma took an age to deliberate.
"Ball and bat and pad appears to be together. I don't have any conclusive evidence to overturn that," he could be heard saying.
After the decision was upheld, a visibly frustrated Kohli had words with on-field umpires before he was seen hitting the boundary rope with his bat as he walked off.
Former India opener Wasim Jaffer told ESPNcricinfo: "Just to say it was 'inconclusive evidence', I think it wasn't the right call. Disappointing decision".
Former New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori said: "For me it seemed obvious there was an inside edge.
"For one man to sit there and try and make such a crucial decision, maybe the match referee can step in".
Former England captain Michael Vaughan wrote "NOT OUT" on Twitter while tagging a video of Kohli's dismissal.
Ex-India batting coach Sanjay Bangar said: "Clearly, it was an error on part of the umpire."
Pretty clearly taking the edge and change in direction of the ball. Just that the third umpire was too nervous to take the right decision. Said enough he forgot to check ball tracking. pic.twitter.com/AS77aO2mtQ
— Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) December 3, 2021
What on earth has just happened with the kohli dismissal. Surely that was an obvious edge onto pad 🤷♂️🤷♂️🤷♂️🤷♂️🤷♂️🤷♂️
— Rob Key (@robkey612) December 3, 2021
— Suresh Menon (@sureshnmenon) December 3, 2021
Is it third umpire or third class umpiring. ?
— Paresh Rawal (@SirPareshRawal) December 3, 2021
Another day, another game, another incident of Indian captain Virat #Kohli questioning umpires after a decision has been made.
I’m neutral and have no agenda but feel his attempts to reprimand those in charge (and after correct, checked decisions) is disgraceful.#IndvNZ@ICC
— Lee Wellings (@LeeW_Sport) December 3, 2021
— Rohit Vemuri (@rohitbeastmode) December 3, 2021
— Saif ur Rahman (@rahman521) December 3, 2021
Virat Kohli 👇
1. Clear Spike when ball next to bat.
2. Clear sound on stump mic
3. No Conclusive evidence to prove pad first.
4. Benifit of doubt belongs to batsman
Still Kohli given OUT
Shameful and Disgusting !
— ROMAN (@Iamtheguy00) December 3, 2021
Mayank Agarwal rescues India with century
Meanwhile, opener Mayank Agarwal hit a gritty hundred to rescue the hosts after Patel put them in a spot of bother with three quick wickets on the weather-hit first day of the second and final Test.
Agarwal was left unbeaten on 120 after completing his fourth Test hundred on Friday to help India reach 4-221 at stumps with wicketkeeper-batter Wriddhiman Saha keeping him company on 25 not out at the Wankhede Stadium.
Patel, whose parents immigrated to New Zealand in 1996, picked up all four wickets on a track that aided the spinners as he finished with figures of 4-73.
After the first session was wiped out due to a wet outfield, Agarwal and Shubman Gill gave their side a solid start with an opening stand of 80 following Kohli's decision to bat.
Patel gave New Zealand the breakthrough by dismissing Gill for 44 when the batter edged a delivery to the lone slip.
The 33-year-old Patel returned in his next over to dismiss Cheteshwar Pujara and Kohli before they had opened their accounts, much to the disappointment of the few hundred fans present at the ground which overlooks the Arabian Sea.
India were reduced to 3-80 and it was left to Agarwal and Shreyas Iyer, who made a dream Test debut in Kanpur with a first-innings 105 followed by a crucial 65 in the second, to launch the fightback for the hosts.
The duo added 80 for the fourth wicket to rebuild the innings before Iyer fell on 18 to become Patel's fourth scalp.
The dismissal brought Agarwal and Saha together and the pair defied New Zealand's bowlers for the rest of the day with an unbroken partnership of 61.
The opening Test had ended in a thrilling draw with New Zealand's last pair hanging on in the final session to deny the hosts victory.
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