A solid 120 points took New Zealand's tally to 180 even as India stayed on top with 360 points courtesy their series wins against the lowly West Indies, depleted South Africa and a below-par Bangladesh.
Following India's seven wicket loss, one of the local journalists sought Kohli's reaction on allegedly swearing at Williamson and that did not go down well with the away team captain.
Asked to point out what exactly went wrong, Kohli felt the outlook towards a series in adverse conditions was "not ideal".
India lost the second Test by seven wickets inside three days in Christchurch after going down by 10 wickets in the opener in Wellington.
A forthright Kohli admitted that his batsmen let the team down after the bowlers brought them back into the game on the second day.
Williamson had no qualms in admitting that tracks were tilted in favour of bowlers.
"You need to figure out when is the right time to give someone else a chance. If you push people too early, they can lose confidence," said Kohli.
India is now effectively 97 runs ahead with only four wickets in hand and it will take a herculean effort to avert another series whitewash after the ODIs.
The pitch will be best for batting on days 2 and 3 which means that for Virat Kohli and his men, the catch-up game starts from the second day itself as ignominy of a 0-2 series loss looms large.
The ignominy of a three-day defeat in a World Test Championship encounter has certainly jolted a batting line-up that prides itself in performing in tough conditions.
India is still on top of World Test Championship points table and Shastri feels that there shouldn't be undue panic after just one defeat.
Amost a year later, the words "Kia Kaha", painted on colourful pebbles spread across the garden path of the mosque, easily grab attention.
Hosts New Zealand thrashed India by 10 wickets at the Basin Reverse on February 24 to go 1-0 ahead in the two-match series.
New Zealand came into the series after their nightmare in Australia and put up a splendid performance to outclass India in just over three days.
New Zealand now have 120 points in the World Test championship and India stayed on top with 360 points.
Catch all the top moments from day 2 of the first test between India and New Zealand played at Basin Reserve, Wellington.
Ishant, coming straight back from an ankle injury, took 3/31 in 15 overs despite Williamson's effortless 89 in New Zealand's day-end score of 216/5.
Jamieson senior savoured every moment of his son's memorable Test debut against India in which he snared 3/38 on day one.
While Kohli's problems outside the off-stump has been talked about, Jamieson feels that "nitpicking" wasn't the smartest thing to do.
Debutant Kyle Jamieson picked up 3/38 in 14 overs and his prized scalps included two of India's best long-form batsmen -- skipper Virat Kohli (2) and the dogged Cheteshwar Pujara (14 off 42 balls).
The open Basin Reserve ground has always been challenging for both batsmen and bowlers due to cross winds.
While 320 may not be a big score but Rahane's confidence stems from the fact that India's world class pace attack, which has shown ability to pick 20 wickets in overseas conditions.
While their approach might be different but Kohli's outlook on the game earns nothing but respect from one of his peers.
As per points system, the value for each Test match win in the upcoming two-match series is 60 points per game. However if it's an Ashes series, the value of a win is reduced to 24 as there are five matches.
Exactly 39 summers back, a wide-eyed 19-year-old teenager Shastri became India's 'Test Cap No 151" at the Basin Reserve on a cold windy day when the gangly six-footer had to wear three old fashioned cable knit sweaters.