The year 2020 is indeed full of shocks and surprises and it sprung another such surprise on Wednesday after Virat Kohli’s dismissal during the third ODI against Australia in Canberra. The India skipper got the start once again but failed to convert it into a big knock.
The 32-year old was out for 63. And Josh Hazlewood was the bowler once again as the right-arm pacer dismissed the India star for the third time in the series. Following the dismissal, one of Virat Kohli’s incredible streak in international cricket came to an end.
For the first time since his debut year (2008) in international cricket, the right-handed batsman ended a year without scoring a century. He had played 5 ODIs in 2008 before scoring his first ton in 2009 and scored at least one ton every year till 2019.
In 2020, Virat Kohli played 9 games and scored 431 runs at an average of 47.88. He scored five fifties this year with four of them coming against Australia. But for some reason, the world number one ODI batsman failed to touch the triple-digit mark. With his latest failure to score a century, his 11-year old streak has come to an end.
Former India batsman Sachin Tendulkar holds the record of scoring at least one century in consecutive years. The batting legend had scored at least one century for 19 straight years. Virat Kohli is joint second in the list with former New Zealand batsman Nathan Astle.
Hundreds of Virat Kohli in each year in ODI format:
2008 – 0
2009 – 1
2010 – 3
2011 – 4
2012 – 5
2013 – 4
2014 – 4
2015 – 2
2016 – 3
2017 – 6
2018 – 6
2019 – 5
2020 – 0
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) December 2, 2020
Meanwhile, India have already lost the ongoing three-match series after losing the first two games. In both the games, Australia thoroughly outplayed the Men in Blue to clinch the series with a match remaining.
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