Virat Kohli has had a very rough tour of New Zealand. The Indian team was whitewashed in both the ODI and Test series, making the T20I win a distant and unsavory memory.
Kohli was seen fired up during the second day of the Test match against New Zealand. He was at his aggressive best, animatedly celebrating the dismissals of Kane Williamson and Tom Latham. An incident went viral in social media where he was seen blurting out expletives into the crowd. The incident revolved around Mohammed Shami dismissing Tom Latham in the first innings of the second Test match.
Kohli was not spared even after the match on Monday when a journalist asked him to justify his behavior on the field and asked him whether he sees the need to tone down his aggression to set a good example to the rest of his team. Kohli became further riled up, visibly losing his cool at the journalist.
The Indian skipper replied, “What do you think? I am asking you for the answer. You need to find out exactly what happened and then come up with a better question, I have spoken with the match referee, you cannot come here with half knowledge. Thank you”.
When asked about the loss, Kohli said, “I feel like we were completely outplayed & obviously did not play the kind of cricket that we do play as a team. The thing to take away from here is not to shy away from things that went wrong & address them instead.”
Kohli had a tough time in New Zealand as he managed to go past the fifty-run mark just once. In the Test series, the Indian skipper failed to cross the 20-run mark.
However, Kohli is not entirely to blame. The team’s dismal batting performance resulted in their loss by seven wickets in the second Test of the two-match series against New Zealand on Monday at the Hagley Oval.
With this win, New Zealand has moved to the third spot in the World Test Championship standings with 180 points from seven matches, while India is placed at the top spot with 360 points from nine matches.