Virat Kohli drops sitter: The Indian captain ended up dropping a straightforward chance in the 18th over of the innings.
During the second T20I of the ongoing India’s tour of New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland, India captain Virat Kohli was seen dropping a straightforward chance to give a massive reprieve to veteran New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor.
It all happened on the third delivery of the 18th over when Taylor hit a Jasprit Bumrah delivery down the ground. With minimal timing on the ball, Taylor hit it towards Kohli who was fielding at long-on.
Coming forward to grab the catch, Kohli’s attempt of taking a reverse-cup catch saw him dropping it altogether. Considering the level of the catch, the 31-year old player was himself seen covering his face in embarrassment after throwing the ball back to Bumrah at the non-striker’s end.
It is worth mentioning that Kohli had played a vital role in the fall of New Zealand’s first two wickets. That being said, him dropping a sitter after registering two good catches was hard to digest.
Coming in to bat at No. 3 in the second over, Kohli (11) registered a rare failure in the chase as he was out caught behind off New Zealand seamer Tim Southee.
India wicket-keeper batsman Lokesh Rahul once again top-scored for the visitors. In what was his 11th T20I half-century, Rahul scoring 57* (50) with the help of three fours and two sixes played a pivotal role in India chasing a 133-run target in the 18th over.
Virat Kohli drops sitter
— Nishant Barai (@barainishant) January 26, 2020
How Twitterati reacted:
Kohli drops an absolute sitter and the Indian crowd starts chanting his name (don’t think they would have if they were being hammered)
Simon Doul: if I knew all it takes for your name to be chanted is to drop catches I would have dropped them more often
— Ghumman (@emclub77) January 26, 2020
Did Kohli intentionally drop Taylor’s catch? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/8gxqp01cQ6
— The Meme Makers (@the7mememakers) January 26, 2020
The support at Eden Park for India makes it seem like Eden Gardens. Amazing consistency from KL Rahul , and Shreyas Iyer getting better with each game. But a special mention to the bowlers today- Shami, Bumrah , Jadeja were top class. Clinical win #INDvsNZ pic.twitter.com/hhIcoMzLP7
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 26, 2020
Not only has KL Rahul proved to be more than useful with the gloves behind the wickets, he already seems very comfortable taking executive decisions with regards to placing and moving fielders around. He’s taken charge of field placements in fact these two T20Is #NZvIND @cricbuzz
— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) January 26, 2020
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