Indian skipper Virat Kohli didn’t do much with the bat in the historic win at Adelaide by 31 runs. However the 30-year-old showed his class in the very next game at Perth.
He scored a stupendous knock of 123 runs from 257 deliveries which included 13 boundaries and a six. From a stage of 8/2, which saw yet another failure of the openers, Kohli took his team to a respectable position.
He batted until the 93rd over when he was eventually nipped by pacer Pat Cummins. But before that in the 82nd over, Kohli nailed a drive off Mitchell Starc to bring up his 25th Test century.
However his fantastic knock came to a controversial end. As he looked to drive the leather, the ball took the edge and went into the palms of Peter Handscomb.
It seemed as if the ball had hit the ground beforehand. As a result the services of the third umpire was needed. The third umpire didn’t have much evidence to overturn the onfield umpire’s soft decision of ‘out’.
Here is the video of the dismissal:
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Meanwhile former Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson was highly dissatisfied with Virat not walking off after the dismissal. He even brought Josh Hazlewood’s dismissal in the Adelaide Test as a reference.
Hazlewood nicked Ashwin’s delivery and KL Rahul completed the catch. However the situation was similar to that of today’s incident. But Hazlewood decided to walk off, which pulled down the curtains in the first Test.
Johnson mentioned that while Kohli didn’t walk off, Hazlewood did. He took to Twitter and wrote, “One batsman walked the other didn’t, both out. Handscomb catch was soft out & went to third umpire given out, Rahul catch given out on field hazelwood walked no questions. Scoreboard says out for both so happy with both decisions.”
Here is Johnson’s tweet:
Meanwhile Twitter was not at all satisfied with Johnson’s comments by any stretch of imagination. As a result they slammed him from every angle possible.