India’s batting stalwart Virat Kohli is failing to break the shackles in the longest format of the game as he did in T20Is and ODIs. Not just centuries but half-centuries have also dried up for the former India captain. While he was looking in all tatters in the previous few games, Kohli has looked in good rhythm since the first innings of the Delhi test. But there has been once occasional poor judgement from the star batter which has eventually led to his downfall.
The same happened in the second innings of the third Test on Thursday. As Kohli walked out to bat after India lost Rohit Sharma, the batter looked confident from the first ball he played. Kohli confidently played away an in-drifter from Matthew Kuhnemann. He then motored along with ease, pressing forward and going backwards as per the lengths.
However, Kohli was taken aback by one odd ball which shot up after pitching and hit him on the glove. Although he survived as the ball fell right in from of Peter Handscomb, it put doubts in Kohli’s mind. The batter, however, nudged it off by a beautiful backfoot drive after two deliveries. But on the very next ball, Kohli went for a pull shot against a ball that was skidding from the length.
Eventually, he missed connecting it and it hit him on the pad. The umpire had no doubts while raising his finger. Kohli too realised his mistake as he shook his head in disgust and slammed his bat into the boundary Toblerone before rushing to the dressing room. But it was too late till then.
With the batter failing to score big once again, his fans were left disappointed and the calls for his exclusion from the Test squad grew louder on social media.
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