India vs England 2020-21, 4th Test: Forget centuries, Virat Kohli scripts unwanteds with ducks
India is putting up a fight against England in the continuing four-Test series for the Anthony de Mello Trophy. However, skipper Virat Kohli seems to have put himself in a spot of bother following a string of century less run while he is struggling to score even a single run.
India and England are not going down without a fight in the fourth and final Test at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. While India seems to be grinding it with the bat, Indian skipper Virat Kohli's struggle appears to be even greater.
On Day 2, Kohli was dismissed for an unfortunate duck after Ben Foakes caught him behind off pacer Ben Stokes as he tried to fiddle with a short-pitched delivery. Consequently, he scripted some unwanted records.
It was the second time in his Test career that he has been dismissed for the same twice in a series. The first happened to be also against England during 2014 away tour, with Liam Plunkett and James Anderson having his number. As for this series, Moeen Ali had done so in the second Test in Chennai.
However, the most significant record happened to be the one where he has equalled MS Dhoni. Kohli now has eight ducks in the format as the skipper is at serious risk of surpassing him.
Among the other unwanted records Kohli scripted with this duck:
- 12th of his Test career
- Fifth against England
- His third in the previous seven innings against England
Notably, Kohli and Stokes were involved in a heated dispute during the English innings on Day 1, after the latter supposedly abused Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj. Although Stokes brushed it aside, claiming that it wasn't serious as it seemed, he must have a bitter-sweet feeling to get rid of Kohli, especially on a duck.
Furthermore, Kohli has been without a century in his past 13 Test innings (seven matches), with his last coming in November 2019, against Bangladesh in Kolkata, during India's maiden day-night Test.
Moreover, Kohli continues to remain century less in 32 international games across formats, which happens to be one of the longest by the Indian captains to date. Incidentally, the D/N Test century against Bangladesh happens to be his last international ton.