New Delhi. Virat Kohli could only score 18 runs in the second innings of the first Test match between India and South Africa at Centurion’s SuperSport Park. With this, the Indian Test captain has now completed two full calendar years without a century in international cricket. Kohli looked in good form in both the innings of the Centurion Test, but lost his wicket while chasing the ball outside the off-stump. On Wednesday, the fourth day of the match, after the lunch break in the second innings, Kohli was dismissed by debutant Marco Jensen on the very first ball.
Legendary Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar analyzed this wicket of Virat Kohli and called it a ‘loose shot’. Along with this, he said that perhaps the thought of declaring the innings was going on in his mind. Gavaskar during commentary on Star Sports Virat Kohli K was very angry on this wicket and he also criticized it.
India vs South Africa (IND vs SA) Sunil Gavaskar said on the fourth day of the Test match, “You have to say that it was a loose shot on the first ball after lunch. Every batsman, when he starts playing again, gives himself some time, especially in Test cricket – to move his legs. “Any interval, even if it’s a four-minute drink break, you still have to reset your batting. Kohli is such an experienced batsman, but perhaps he has the idea of scoring runs fast, so that the innings can be declared.
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He continued, “Look, how far is that ball. He could have dropped it on the first ball after lunch.” Apart from Gavaskar, Sanjay Bangar also did not seem happy with this shot of Virat Kohli. Bangar said that it was expected that if he stayed at the crease for a long time, then he would score long, but he once again made the same mistake, which he has been committing for a long time. He said, “Virat likes to play on the front foot. He plays forward and does not use the back leg. But Virat needs to play on the back foot and when he does that then only he will be able to score big.”
Virat Kohli’s dismissal in this way has also been fiercely criticized on social media.
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Let us tell you that earlier Virat Kohli had scored 35 runs in the first innings. At the same time, in the second innings, he was dismissed after scoring just 18 runs. His style of giving wickets on both the occasions was largely the same. With this, Indian Test captain Virat Kohli ended the year 2021 without scoring a century in international cricket. Even in 2020, Kohli had failed to reach the triple figure. The Indian captain last scored a century in the Day-Night Test against Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens in 2019.