Virat Kohli Creates An Unwanted Record; Equals MS Dhoni's Record For Most Test Ducks By An Indian Captain

Virat Kohli Creates An Unwanted Record; Equals MS Dhoni’s Record For Most Test Ducks By An Indian Captain

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli dismissed for a duck (Photo: Twitter)

Indian captain Virat Kohli was one of the three wickets to fall on Saturday morning in the fourth Test against England, thereby creating an unwanted record. Virat Kohli continued his lean form in international cricket, stretching from November 2019, which witnessed him failing to reach three figures across formats. Simultaneously, he equalled MS Dhoni’s record of bagging most Test ducks by an Indian captain.

Virat Kohli walked out after Cheteshwar Pujara’s dismissal as it paid off England’s toil in the opening hour. Left-arm spinner Jack Leach drew first blood on day two as he dismissed Pujara for the fourth time this series. And soon after, it was Virat Kohli’s turn to depart to the pavilion, facing eight balls for a duck. Stokes, who had a face-off with the Indian captain on day one, bowled a short-pitched delivery that had extra bounce written on it. It was his eighth duck as India’s skipper, equalling the unwanted record held by MS Dhoni.

MS Dhoni (Getty)
MS Dhoni (Getty)

Kohli, who was new to the crease, was surprised by it and played an uncertain shot. All he could do was get a faint nick that was through to the keeper, Ben Foakes. Furthermore, Ben Stokes had dismissed Virat Kohli the fifth time, the most for him against any batsman in Test cricket. The seam-bowling all-rounder has removed Michael Clarke, Dean Elgar, and Cheteshwar Pujara four times in red-ball cricket.

Virat Kohli has registered two ducks in a single series only the second time:

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli hasn’t scored a hundred since November 2019. Image-AFP.

Also, this is for the second time in Kohli’s stellar career that he has registered two ducks in a single series. The right-handed batsman’s last pair in a series was also against England back in 2014 when Liam Plunkett and James Anderson removed him for zeroes. In the current series, Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes achieved the feat.

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