A poor run with the bat without an international hundred since his last 20 innings is making the fans and media wonder about Virat Kohli ending his hundred drought.
Indian skipper and world’s number one batsman Virat Kohli hasn’t been in a good run with the bat of late. Kohli’s dismissal for meagre 2 and 19 runs in the first and second innings respectively of the first test against New Zealand in Wellington has only extended his search for an international hundred – something very uncommon for a player of his calibre.
The world number one now hasn’t scored an international hundred since his last 20 international innings. This is his worst run with the bat post the horrid tour of England in 2014. A player of Virat Kohli’s stature going through a lean patch forces the fans to question about his form.
Heads Up! When is Virat Kohli going to end his hundred drought?
- Indian skipper’s poor form with the bat continues.
- Virat Kohli has just scored one half-century in the current tour of New Zealand.
- With no century in his last 20 international innings, the world number one is in his third worst batting form.
Poor outing in New Zealand
As per his standards, the Indian skipper has had a considerably quiet series against the Kiwis. In the 9 innings against (across three formats) the Blackcaps, Kohli has just managed a lone half-century. This stat seems much more astonishing because before getting into this lean patch Virat had an average of about 6 innings per century.
An average of 25 in the three-match ODI series against the Kiwis was Kohli’s lowest in last 5 years in a bilateral ODI series. It has now been three months since Virat Kohli’s last international ton. A 136 against Bangladesh in India’s first day-night Test at Kolkata in November 2019 was Kohli’s last Test match hundred. His last ODI hundred came against West Indies at Port of Spain in August 2019.
A déjà vu moment
However weird it may seem, this isn’t the first instance of the champion batsman struggling with the bat. Kohli has had two worse phases than his current one. In the period of February 2011 to December 2011, the Indian captain failed to score a hundred in 24 consecutive international innings.
Kohli’s worst phase with the bat came in India’s tour of England in 2014. In the period of February 2014 to October 2014, the talismanic batsman failed to breach the three-figure mark in 25 international innings on the trot. His paltry 134 runs in 5 Test matches put a serious question mark on his abilities and technique. English pacer James Anderson and others kept dismissing Virat by luring him outside the off-stump – a similar dismissal in Wellington against Kyle Jamieson was a reminiscence of the horrid English summer.
Will the drought end?
Virat Kohli’s lean patch wasn’t much of a concern of late because Team India kept winning series on the trot. However, with India’s recent ODI series whitewash at the hands of the Kiwis, Kohli’s failure in getting centuries has come to the fore. For a champion who boasts of 70 international hundreds (27 in Tests & 43 in ODIs), few innings without a big knock does make the fans and media raise questions.
Kohli made a remarkable statement in the 2018 tour of England by amassing 593 runs in the Test series. He answered his critics through his performances. With the sort of player he is, it probably won’t be long before the fans get to witness another of Virat Kohli’s master class.
With India trailing the Test series after a humiliating loss in Wellington, it seems to be the perfect time for Virat Kohli to step up and end his hundred drought. But will he? Only time will tell.