Virat Kohli signs off 593-run Test series vs England with a golden duck

first_imgVirat Kohli’s sensational run with the bat in the Test series against England came to a disappointing end on Monday as the Indian captain got out for a golden duck in India’s second innings in the fifth and final Test at The Oval.Kohli, who came in to bat after the dismissal of Cheteshwar Pujara, got out on the first ball he faced as he edged a Stuart Broad delivery to wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow.Kohli’s dismissal left India tottering at 2/3 on Day 4 as they chase the 464-run target. It was only the third time that Kohli got out on a golden duck in his Test career.England vs India, Day 4, Oval Test: Live ScoreHere’s a recap of Kohli’s dismissal:3.2 overs: Broad to KohliOUT! OMG! Skipper, what have you done? Don’s record stays intact of scoring 600 or more runs in four series as of now. Broad bowls an enticing full ball way outside off. Kohli reaches out of it, unlike his previous innings. He edges it to Bairstow and Broad runs in celebration. What a scalp to have but he took a chance away from his counterpart. Had Anderson taking his wicket, he would’ve had him for the first time in this series. Nonetheless, England isn’t complaining as India is reeling 2/3 now. What a pair this has been for England.Also read – Alastair Cook becomes 5th player to score a century in first and last TestThe wicket dealt a massive blow to India’s hope of securing a win in The Oval Test but it was just a minor blip on the great series batsman Kohli had.advertisementWith the series scoreline standing at 3-1 in the favour of England, India clearly haven’t done enough to justify the No. 1 Test team tag.But Kohli’s performance with the bat in the tricky conditions of England has definitely helped to reassert himself as the best batsman in the world. The series has also helped him to exorcise the ghosts of the horrible tour of 2014.Kohli went to England with scarred memories of 2014 tour, when he could only manage 134 runs in 10 innings.However, a lot has changed since then with Kohli establishing himself as the one of the best batsmen in the world, if not the best.After disappointing with the bat during a 1-3 defeat for India in 2014, Kohli scored 15 hundreds (four of those came in Australia) including six double hundreds. He also became the first batsman to score double hundreds in four successive series.2018 tour was Kohli’s opportunity to show the world that he could score runs in swinging conditions of England, where he struggled four years back. And he did exactly the same.In 5 Test, Kohli scored 593 runs at an average of 59.30 and finished the series as the highest run-getter. He also scored two centuries including a 103 in the third Test as India defeat England at Trent Bridge.With all the 10 possible innings now completed for Kohli, the batsman also managed to not get out to James Anderson even once in the series.The fiercely competitive rivalry between Anderson and Kohli began during the 2014 when Anderson got Kohli out on 4 occasions.While the battle between the two players belonged to Anderson in 2014, Kohli emerged as the winner in 2018.last_img

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