WATCH: Persistent Pant plays down Virat Kohli; vehemently convinces skipper to take review

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India skipper Virat Kohli and wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant found themselves in the middle of a funny incident revolving around the successive DRS review calls taken for England batsman Zak Crawley on Day 1 of the first Test in Trent Bridge on Wednesday (August 4).

The incident is from the 21st over of play where pacer Mohammed Siraj got Crawley in a spot of bother with an incoming delivery that seems to be carrying two sounds to it as it went through to wicketkeeper Pant.

Kohli and the Indian team assumed that the ball had taken a faint nick off Crawley’s bat before being taken cleanly by the gloveman and started celebrating even as on-field umpire Richard Kettleborough gave not out.

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Virat Kohli nearly declines Rishabh Pant's request for review after an earlier reprieve to Zak Crawley.

Virat Kohli nearly declines Rishabh Pant’s request for review after an earlier reprieve to Zak Crawley.

Completely convinced that the nick was there, Virat Kohli opted for the DRS review and even raised his finger feeling confident that Crawley is about to be declared out by the television umpire. However, the captain was proven horribly wrong on the replay, where the ball was clearly sneaking through the thin gap between Crawley’s inside edge and his back-pad.

But that is where the fun began, as on the very next delivery Kohli opted for another review for a similar kind of dismissal off Siraj’s bowling.

Once hurt, twice wary: Virat Kohli nearly declines Rishabh Pant’s request for a fruitful DRS review

 

This time, though, the Indian skipper wasn’t as confident that the ball had taken Crawley’s edge and only asked for the review when he had been properly convinced by Pant.

Kohli initially didn’t even look at Pant and instead checked with the closed-in fielder whether they had heard anything, while the wicketkeeper standing next to him tried to catch his attention.

With no positive response from the bowler from Siraj and the fielders around the bat, it seemed for a bit that Virat Kohli will refrain from opting for the review. But the skipper changed his mind just in the nick of time, thanks to Pant’s quick discussion with him.

As it turned out, the wicketkeeper’s excitement and eagerness to urge Kohli to go for the review were vindicated when the replay showed that the ball had indeed taken the edge. Crawley’s dismissal on 27 left England 42/2, which became 61/2 by the end of the session.



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