Indian captain Virat Kohli suffered a tame end to 2020 as he departed for a single-figure score on the third day of the first Test in Adelaide against Australia. Virat Kohli could manage only four runs on the third day as Pat Cummins dismissed him and in partnership with Josh Hazlewood, the duo triggered a stunning collapse. Kohli’s failure also meant that it is the first time since debuting that he has not scored a century in a year.
India began its year with a three-match T20 series against Sri Lanka followed by as many ODIs against Australia – both at home. Virat Kohli did muster two half-centuries against Australia but could not reach the elusive figures. The 32-year old endured a horror tour of New Zealand as he managed only one half-century across three formats. And the COVID-19 pandemic had postponed all their fixtures in the middle of the year.
While Virat Kohli did not start the tour of Australia on a positive note, he had a few occasions to reach his hundred. The right-handed batsman perished for 89 in the second ODI as Moises Henriques took a brilliant diving catch to get rid of him. The third T20 international saw the visiting captain depart for 85 while spearheading India’s chase of 187.
Virat Kohli robbed off of a century in the first innings:
And finally, Kohli missed out on a century in the first innings as a miscommunication with Ajinkya Rahane resulted in his run-out for 74. The right-handed batsman was set on 74, facing 180 balls; however, an unfortunate incident denied a well-deserved hundred. With India losing the first Test by eight wickets, things could go further awry as Kohli will return home for the impending birth of his first child.