India and Australia are battling it out in the four-match Border Gavaskar Trophy which the hosts are already leading 2-1. A draw looks like a possible result as the pitch is flat and there is absolutely nothing in it for the bowlers.
During the morning session on day five of the fourth Test in Ahmedabad, Travis Head was saved by Nitin Menon's LBW decision following India's DRS call. Virat Kohli, later, took a jibe at the match umpire. The official, though, responded to Kohli's dig with a cheery smile and a thumbs up.
What did Kohli say to the umpire after a DRS Call?
Kohli was seen saying to the match official that, “Main hota toh out de dete (If it was me, it would have been out).” Meanwhile, Kohli's sarcastic jibe at Nitin Menon has been trending online. It's interesting to note that Menon and Kohli have participated in a lot of contentious rulings. Fans have also suggested that Nitin always riles Kohli up and this is the reason why social media reacted to Kohli's jab at Menon.
Virat Kohli to Nitin Menon: ‘Main hota to pakka out tha’ 😅— Sushant Mehta (@SushantNMehta) March 13, 2023
After 1205 days, Kohli finally scored a century in a Test at the Narendra Modi Stadium. When Australia scored 480 in the first innings of the match, the right-hander hit the three-figure mark by flicking Nathan Lyon for a single and assisting India in regaining the first innings lead. The 28th century of his Test career has by far has been his second best innings in terms of balls faced by him.
The fourth Test is heading towards a pale draw as a collapse by either side looks highly unlikely and for the fourth consecutive time, the border Gavaskar Trophy will be lifted by India. Interestingly, on all the four times, India have won the series against Australia with the same margin of 2-1. But the all important Test is set to be played in June between the two sides as they will contest for the Test Championship final at the Oval.
In the bigger picture, India have advanced to the Test Championship final as New Zealand defeated Sri Lanka by two wickets in a Test match that was decided on the final ball on Day 5. On the last day of the first Test, which also saw a rain delay, Kane Williamson and the rest of the team chased their 285-run target and ensured that India qualify for the final by eliminating Sri Lanka from the race.