Former Indian speedster Zaheer Khan has given his opinions on Indian captain Virat Kohli’s controversial dismissal in the second Test match of the two-match Test series between India and New Zealand at the iconic Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
On Day 1 of the Mumbai Test Kohli was adjudged LBW controversially and he walked back to the pavilion after third-umpire Virender Sharma failed to find any conclusive evidence. Kohli played only 4 balls in the innings and was dismissed on duck by Kiwi spinner Ajaz Patel.
Meanwhile, Zaheer Khan opined that the ball hit the bat first. However, he feels that the third umpire didn’t have enough evidence to overturn the decision made by the on-field umpire.
“See, it seemed like the ball hit the bat first. But, how conclusive it was, I think the third umpire just did not get enough evidence to overturn it. In these cases, the initial decision made by the on-field umpire makes a huge difference. Had the on-field call been not out, then the decision would have been in India’s favour,” Speaking on Cricbuzz, he said.
It Was A Very Close Call – Zaheer Khan On Virat Kohli’s Dismissal
Former Indian pacer also said that when he saw it on TV he thought there was an inside edge and Kohli was not out.
“At the end of the day, the process is process. Sometimes it does not go in your favour. When I saw it on TV, I felt that there was an inside edge. But it was a very close call. When there is no conclusive evidence, the rule has been made accordingly,” he said.
Meanwhile, At Stumps, on Day 1 of the Mumbai Test India were at 221/4, Mayank Agarwal was the star performer for India as he smashed a sensational century. From New Zealand, Ajaz Patel looked exceptional as he bagged all 4 wickets on the Day.
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