The Indian skipper Virat Kohli had churned a brilliant century in the first innings of Perth Test. He scored 123 off 257 balls, which included 13 boundaries and a six.
Kohli came to bat at an important moment when India were down by 8/2. His excellent batting kept the Aussie bowlers at bay and he gradually pressed the accelerator.
However his end came in a controversial and bizarre manner. It was the last delivery of the 93rd over from pacer Pat Cummins. Kohli went for an ambitious drive through the covers. But the ball hit the outside edge of his bat.
The ball flew to the slip cordon and Peter Handscomb took a low catch. However it seemed as if the ball had hit the grass before landing into the palm. Nevertheless Handscomb was confident of the catch.
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Moreover Handscomb raised his fingers up and signalled the umpire that it was clean. On-field umpires Chris Gaffaney and Kumar Dharmasena soft-signalled it as ‘out’ and referred it to third umpire Nigel Llong.
Nigel took a long look at the replays, but they seemed inconclusive. It seemed that the catch might be controversial, but nothing could be said with conviction.
In the end the third umpire didn’t find any conclusive evidence to change the on-field call. As a result Kohli had to make the long walk back. India also ended up giving a vital 43-run lead in the first innings.
However the 30-year-old Delhi-born cricketer showed his dissatisfaction in other way. It was during a fielding sessions that someone threw a ball towards Virat. He dived towards his right to catch it.
However the ball dropped short and bounced in front of him. But hilariously Kohli claimed that he took the catch and raised his fingers. His actions clearly suggested that he took an indirect dig at Peter Handscomb.