Virat Kohli got out after scoring just 14 runs.Image Credit source: AFP
New Delhi: A brilliant century in the Ahmedabad Test about three months ago. Then 639 runs in IPL, which included two consecutive centuries. With such a strong performance, Virat Kohli reached the Oval in London for the World Test Championship final. A big innings was expected but the record at The Oval was not in his favour. After all, once again Kohli and Team India got disappointed at the Oval. In the first innings against Australia, Kohli was also dealt cheaply like the rest of the batsmen.
On Thursday, the second day of the final, Team India somehow succeeded in stopping Australia for 469 runs, but in response, the Indian batsmen were seen surrendering. After the early dismissals of Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara, eyes were on Kohli but the former Indian captain also disappointed.
Kohli hit by Stark’s deadly ball
Kohli came to the crease after Shubman Gill was bowled in the seventh over. Cheteshwar Pujara’s wicket also fell in front of him in the third session. In such a situation, he had a big responsibility along with Ajinkya Rahane. Kohli also hit Mitchell Starc for a four off an excellent cover drive, while looking set with strong defence.
Then in the 19th over, he faced a ball that ended the game. Starc’s ball was on good length in the line of off stump, which Kohli tried to defend, but after hitting the ball, the ball rose rapidly and more bounce touched Kohli’s thumb and turned towards the slip. Here Steve Smith took an excellent catch above his head while jumping in the air.
Bad run continues at The Oval
Kohli was dismissed after scoring just 14 runs and thus his bad relationship with The Oval continued. In his seven innings on this ground, only 183 runs could come out of his bat. Not only this, he failed in the final of the World Test Championship for the second time in a row. Earlier against New Zealand in Southampton, he could score only 44 and 15 runs.