Virat Kohli has been caught in a foul-mouthed spray at Kiwi cricket spectators during India’s clash with New Zealand in Christchurch.
The India captain has endured a nightmare run with the bat in New Zealand and appeared to let his frustrations boil over on day two of the second Test.
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After Kiwi opener Tom Latham was bowled by a delivery that he shouldered arms to, Kohli turned to a section of the crowd and could be seen yelling ‘shut the f*** up’ while putting his finger to his lips.
He was also spotted mocking fans, apparently telling them to keep drinking and pretending to be drunk.
Needless to say TV viewers were less than impressed, particularly after Kohli was given the ICC spirit of cricket award in 2019.
I’m no expert lip reader, but if I’m not mistaken that was a “Shut the f**k up” with the 🤫🤫🤫 to a section of the crowd from Kohli #NZvIND— Guy Heveldt (@GuyHeveldt) March 1, 2020
Virat should worry bout getting some runs— Aj Black (@lot_tank) March 1, 2020
Kohli saying "Shut the Duck up" to the crowd after a duck disturbed the game. What a hero.— Imy (@PakCricket_) March 1, 2020
Spirit of Cricket award incoming. https://t.co/NLm7luCqoP
Kiwis continue Kohli’s nightmare
Trent Boult said his side's ‘pack’ mentality had left India reeling a day two of the second Test in which 16 wickets fell including another cheap dismissal for Kohli.
At stumps India led by just 97 runs with only four wickets remaining and three days to play.
Kohli's side dismissed New Zealand for 235 to take a seven-run first innings lead, but they stuttered to 6-90 at stumps with Boult taking 3-12 off nine overs.
“The bowlers obviously pitched the ball up nicely and got rewards seeing the ball move around like it did. I feel we're in a decent position,” Boult said.
“We're all enjoying hunting out there as a pack, getting the ball to move around, and I think the bowling unit is very clear about how we're trying to target the opposition.”
The tourists were left to rue their inability to remove tailenders when New Zealand's last three wickets put on 82, led by a polished 49 from Kyle Jamieson.
With a small first-innings advantage India needed to build a substantial total for New Zealand to chase but they went off script from the start with Mayank Agarwal out for three in the second over.
Prithvi Shaw followed for 14 and at 26 for two, with India needing a win to square the series, the opportunity was ripe for a captain's knock from Kohli.
But on 14, a full delivery from Colin de Grandhomme cut back into his pads and he was gone.
“It was a good feeling to see the back of him,” Boult said of Kohli's dismissal.
“Obviously he's a big player for them and we were just try to put enough pressure on him, keep him quiet and it was nice to see him make a few errors.”