Virat Kohli makes a blunder: The Indian captain became the second senior Indian player to drop a straightforward catch at Lord’s today.
During the fifth day of the second Test of the ongoing India’s tour of England at Lord’s, India captain Virat Kohli ended up giving a massive reprieve to England wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler.
It all happened on the third delivery of the 27th over when Buttler’s aimed at cutting a Jasprit Bumrah short delivery. Having played a half-hearted shot, all Buttler managed was to edge the ball to Kohli at first slip.
Kohli, who attempted to complete a chest-high catch with a reverse cup, couldn’t quite catch a ball which was traveling at express pace. Considering how Kohli was reminding Buttler of this not being white-ball cricket before the over, completing a catch to dismiss would’ve been the perfect send-off to Buttler.
It is worth mentioning that Kohli had earlier completed a catch to dismiss England captain Joe Root (33) off Bumrah right after the tea break.
While India wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant also dropped a very difficult catch down the leg-side, opening batsman Rohit Sharma had dropped a quite simple one giving Haseeb Hameed (9) another chance in the second session.
Chasing a 272-run target on the final day, England have half their batsmen while playing under conditions which are difficult for batting. With around 30 overs remaining in the day, the home team requires a substantial effort to save the match.
Virat Kohli makes a blunder by dropping Jos Buttler off Jasprit Bumrah
How Twitterati reacted:
— Lakhinarayan Upadhyaya (@LN_Upadhyaya) August 16, 2021
That Kohli drop could be extremely costly. Could cost this game and maybe the series too.
On a pitch that’s not doing a lot and when you’ve got just 60 overs to bowl an opposition out, you’ve got to take those.
— . (@TopOfOff_) August 16, 2021
That drop “catch” by Kohli was begging to be caught. The easiest you will ever see.
— Gopi Premchand Indian🇮🇳 (@GopiOdugu) August 16, 2021
— மாதவரம் Lingeshwar🖤⚪❤️ (@Lingesh02879381) August 16, 2021
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