For the highs Virat Kohli has attained in his career so far, it was bound to come with some extreme lows. After his duck on Friday against England in the first of the 5-match T20I series, Kohli now has the most ducks in international cricket for an Indian captain.
Kohli’s 5-ball duck was his 14th as a captain of Team India, going past Sourav Ganguly’s tally of 13. MS Dhoni had 11, while Kapil Dev bagged 10 naughts whilst leading the side. Overall, Stephen Fleming leads the chart with 27 ducks as the New Zealand skipper.
It was also the first time in Virat Kohli’s international career that he failed to score a run in two consecutive innings – the right-hander was dismissed for a duck in the last Test match as well.
We just weren’t aware enough of what to do on that kind of pitch: Virat Kohli
Addressing the 8-wicket loss in the first T20I, Virat Kohli lamented on the failed execution of their planned aggressive intent as the hosts could muster 124 runs in their quota of 20 overs; only Shreyas Iyer got going with a half-century after the England bowlers made early inroads.
The 32-year-old opines that the hosts’ batsmen could read the pitch well, what turned out to be a slightly two-paced surface, at the start of the game.
England pacers and Adil Rashid didn’t give any sort of respite to the Indian batters; on the other hand, their batters – Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, and Jonny Bairstow – blasted their way to the target inside 16 overs.
“We looked to try a few things, but having said that as a batting side you have to accept the conditions. If the pitch allows you to play those kinds of shots, you can be aggressive from ball one. But we got ahead of ourselves a little bit. We probably didn’t spend enough time out there in the middle to assess the conditions,” Virat Kohli said at the post-match presentation.
“Shreyas did that but there were too many wickets down at that stage to get past 150-160. Had we got, say, eight wickets in hand at the end of 10 overs then we could have got a few more runs and made a game out of it.
“We just weren’t aware enough of what we had to do on that kind of pitch. I think lack of execution of the shots that we tried to play out there in the middle is something we have to address as batsmen that it wasn’t an ideal day on the park. You have to accept your faults, come back in the next game with a bit more intent, clarity of plans, what are the areas you want to hit,” Virat Kohli concluded.