Team India skipper Virat Kohli was dismissed for a duck on his return back to Test cricket following a controversial decision. He was trapped in front by Ajaz Patel on his fourth delivery at the crease.
The Rahul Dravid-Virat Kohli era flagged off in Mumbai after rain washed out a significant portion of the morning session. After winning the toss and electing to bat first, India were off to a flying start courtesy of Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill.
The duo stitched a composed first wicket partnership. But, Ajaz Patel claimed two wickets in quick succession to bring the skipper to the crease. Kohli proceeded to move with a front foot defence for a full-length delivery by the left-arm spinner.
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 3, 2021
With the odd ball turning square, Kohli tried to play for turn but the ball went straight through. After being given out by umpire Anil Chaudhary, Kohli straightaway went for a review.
— Moti Sure Laddu (@NeelsNishchay) 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
The replays showed that there was an inside edge, but it was difficult to determine whether the ball hit the bat or pad first. With the bat being behind the pad, it seemed like the ball hit the bat, then the edge and back again on the pad.
Third umpire Virender Sharma conveyed to the on-field umpire that he failed to find any conclusive evidence. As a result, the call remained the same much to the puzzlement of Kohli, who was rooted to the spot.
Kohli showed his displeasure at the boundary ropes by smashing his bat into the boundary rope on his way back to the pavilion. Ajaz Patel has struck terror in the first session by scalping three wickets in the first session.
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