New Delhi: If it was Shikhar Dhawan who turned the heat in the morning session, his friend and captain Virat Kohli did the same in the afternoon session. The difference was that while Dhawan vent his anger at teammate KL Rahul, Kohli was angry at umpire Bruce Oxenford.
There was massive drama in the 34th over on Day 3 of the ongoing Test, when Kohli refused to walk after being given out by the umpire, turning the situation tense.
South African wicketkeeper Dane Vilas frantically appealed after Kohli appeared to have edged a leg break from Imran Tahir, and umpire Oxenford raised the finger. Shocked at the decision, Kohli stood his ground for a while with his hands on his hips, giving the umpire a glare.
It was Ajinkya Rahane, who was at the non-striker’s end, who rescued both Kohli and Oxenford from the difficult situation. Rahane, who was probably keeping an eye on the front foot of the bowler, advised the umpire to check for a possible over-stepping.
While the replay was being played on the giant screen, Kohli was gesturing angrily, pointing out that there was a massive gap between the bat and the ball.
Interestingly, replays showed not only that Tahir had bowled a no-ball, but also that Kohli had not edged the ball. Kohli was adjudged not out, and the Kotla erupted in joy to see the local boy getting a reprieve. He had a word with the umpire after the decision was overturned.
However, his reaction was unbecoming of a Test captain, and is likely to attract a fine from the Match Referee.