Former Indian skipper Virat Kohli hasn’t had the best of times of late in international cricket. Having last scored a century back in November 2019 during the Day-Night Test at the Eden Gardens, he has strained to find his feet. The now 33-year-old has scored plenty of half-centuries, but a century has continued to elude him for over two years ago.
Recently, his career has undergone a number of changes. To start with he relinquished the captaincy in the T20 format after which he was sidelined as the ODI skipper. Thereafter, India, under his leadership, lost the Test series in South Africa 1-2. Immediately after the series loss, the Delhi-born Kohli stepped down as the Test captain as well.
Virat Kohli straining to find a form
During this while, he also resigned as the captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Recently, he played the three-match ODI series against the West Indies under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma. In three matches, Virat scored only 26 runs at an average of 8.67. He was a pale shadow of his glorious self and failed to make a mark with the bat in the white-ball series.
India won the series 3-0, but Kohli kept searching for form in the series. After scoring eight and 18 in the first two games, the right-hander bagged a duck in the third match on Friday at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Caribbean fast bowler Alzarri Joseph got rid of him in the fourth over of the innings. Shai Hope took a simple catch.
Joseph bowled one down the leg side and Kohli tried to whip the ball away. To the batter’s dismay, he got a faint tickle and Hope took an easy catch behind the wickets. Thereafter, Kohli threw an embarrassing smile and looked in complete disarray as he walked away. With the wicket, India were reduced to 16 for two in the fourth over.
In the meantime, the netizens on Twitter came out in the support of Kohli, who has been jostling for form. The users on social media reckoned that its only a matter of time before Kohli makes a comeback with the bat.
Here’s how Twitterati came out in the support of the veteran
I am not a fan of Kohli but sad to see his recent performance
— vamsi bhargav (@vamsipa) February 12, 2022Advertisement
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Virat Kohli – 2056
KL Rahul – 1954
Rohit Sharma – 1796
Rishabh Pant – 1508
Peak Rohit Sharma can't even beat out of form Virat Kohli.Advertisement
— Virat Kohli FanClub😎(©️) (@MohitYa33670908) February 12, 2022Advertisement
Come Back King 😥 pic.twitter.com/fcqmbwAmMaAdvertisement
— Lokesh PK VK♥️ (@comrade154) February 12, 2022
— Virat Kohli 0518. Fan (@0518Virat) February 12, 2022Advertisement
Sir we are waiting for king kohl's blaster performance.Advertisement
— Amlan Mohapatra (@AmlanMo24856617) February 12, 2022
Rest all of them pic.twitter.com/fWY9WRNIWt
— EdgbastonKing ™ (@EdgbastonKing) February 12, 2022Advertisement
Virat should bat normally and treat the first twenty balls as though he is playing test match cricket. Once he gets the feel his instincts must dictate. Must not look to dominate too early. Was a trifle unlucky too to miss out in this series. It happens. Rohit too failed twiceAdvertisement
— Rajesh Sachdeva (@1710rajesh) February 12, 2022
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