Indian skipper Virat Kohli is going through a lean patch in international cricket. Ever since he’s arrived in New Zealand, Kohli has failed to get going in any of the innings.
It was his failure in the ODI series that was highlighted as one of the major reasons why India couldn’t even win any of the three ODIs. In his last 21 innings played for India, Kohli has failed to reach the three-figure mark even once. With the kind of standards that he sets for himself, one would count it as one of Kohli’s rare lean run of form in the last few months.
His last century came against Bangladesh in the Pink-Ball Test at Eden Gardens. Ever since he has looked a different self where he has failed to convert his starts into huge scores.
While his fans considered his ODI failure as a mere one-off, the 32-year old hasn’t had a great start to the Test series either.
If it was the debutant Kyle Jamieson who got the better of Kohli in the first innings, then Trent Boult, his nemesis, saw his demise in the second innings at Wellington.
In the first innings, it was his old demon that came back to haunt him as he went fishing towards a delivery pitched way outside the off-stump. It was his perpetual tendency to feel for the ball early in his innings, that saw him make his way back to pavilion for a paltry score of 2.
In the second innings, Kohli was yet again dismissed at quite an early stage in his innings for a score of 19. He feathered one to the keeper in an attempt a pull shot off Trent Boult. However, his wicket came at a very wrong time for the Indian team as they were rendered helpless in their second innings.
Twitterati couldn’t fathom Kohli’s distinct ways of getting out on the New Zealand tour and came very hard criticizing the Indian captain for his recent failures. He was brutally trolled by some of his fans, comparing his awful form with his forgettable outing in 2014.
Here’s how some of the tweets expressed disappointment over Virat’s recent form:
— Kisslay Jha🇮🇳 (@TrollerBabua) February 23, 2020
— Only Babar Azam (@OnlyBabarAzam) February 23, 2020
Test Cricket is irrelevant this year – Virat Kohli#INDvNZ
— Srini Super Kings (@YesImAmit) February 23, 2020
— ITS V!SHAL !! 😎 (@Rohitfied) February 23, 2020
Pic of the day 🙂
Virat Kohli against Trent Boult across formats since the start of 2019:
— Appy Fizz 🏏 || ᴹᵃˢᵗᵉʳ ™ (@nithish_pant_17) February 23, 2020
— Senthil (@catsrule1984) February 23, 2020
19, 2, 9, 15, 51, 11, 38, 11, 45 – Virat Kohli's scores in New Zealand series 2020 (all 3 formats). #Cricket
Inns – 9
Runs – 201
Ave – 22.33
50 – 1
*Steve Smith, Babar Azam & Kane Williamson top three all format batsmen and score in all conditions. Kohli over-rated.
— Daniel Alexander (@daniel86cricket) February 23, 2020
In test cricket SMITH >>> KOHLI Period. #NZvIND
— Dhaval Mehta (@iamdhaval29) February 23, 2020
— Pranjal Ray (@pranjalray15) February 23, 2020
— Abhishek (@Abhilieut) February 23, 2020