Kohli came out to bat after India had suffered a double setback with early dismissals of both it’s openers – Murali Vijay (1) and Shikhar Dhawan (16).
India captain Virat Kohli failed to deliver in the Indian batting challenge while chasing a mediocre target in the opening Test of the three-match series at Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town on Monday. Chasing a 208-run target, Kohli came out to bat after India had suffered a double setback with both openers — Murali Vijay (13) and Shikhar Dhawan (16) – dismissed early. The Indian skipper, who scored just 5 runs in the first innings, could manage 28 runs before being dismissed by Vernon Philander.
The India batsmen failed to capitalise after their bowlers skittled out South Africa for just 130 in their second innings, setting the visitors a target of 208 runs.
Just after Kohli’s departure, fans on social media platform Twitter started trolling the Indian skipper.
Perfect example of never celebrate too early @imVkohli
76/5 @imVkohli again poor performance
And yet u were celebrating like u have won the match after the dismissal of last African batsman🌸#INDvSA
— ★Anishwar Shukla★ (@Third_Semester) January 8, 2018
@imVkohli now learn something from steve smith
— suresh nair (@skn1969) January 8, 2018
@imVkohli bus indian pitch par hi century bna sakte ho..
— Umang varshney (@varshney_umang) January 8, 2018
— Andre Huisamen (@andrehuisamen) January 8, 2018
Comparing Steve Smith to Virat Kohli is akin to comparing the looks and acting abilities of Margot Robbie to Paris Hilton.
Smith is no 1 with daylight second.
— The Oracle (@BigOtrivia) January 6, 2018
Modiji should give tips to kohli and co. before every overseas tour. #INDvSA
— Vishal (@Vishal15067) January 5, 2018
There is already some pressure on the Indian team, with the ongoing series being seen as a litmus test – and India have never won a single Test series in six attempts in the Rainbow Nation. India have won just two Tests, drawn seven and lost eight in South Africa.
India ended the day on 28 for three, and are trailing by 258 runs.