The Delhi right-handed batsman was sacked for a duck in India’s first innings when he paid the price of trying to cut Ben Stokes’ targeted bouncer. The Indian captain, who only had seven supplies before his discharge, hit the ball and wicketkeeper Ben Foakes comfortably bagged the ball and finished his knock for a duck, the second in the series.
Before that, Kohli was fired from Moeen Ali in the second test for a duck and gave the hosts a massive jolt. Only once in his career has he been sacked twice for a duck in a series that was the memorable tour of England in 2014.
With his sacking against Stokes on the fourth Test, Kohli was sacked for the twelfth time in his testing career. It is the second highest for an Indian batsman in the current roster after Ishant Sharma, who has been sacked 32 times for free in the red ball format. Jasprit Bumrah has been sacked nine times without scoring.
Former cricketers Virender Sehwag (16) and Dilip Vengsarkar (15) are the only other top batsmen from India who have been sacked more than Kohli for a duck. Former Indian all-rounder Kapil Dev has also been fired without opening his account 16 times in his testing career.
Other Indian batsmen mostly sacked in Test Cricket:
Zaheer Khan – 29
BS Chandrasekhar – 23
BS operating – 20th
Harbhajan Singh – 19th
Anil Kumble – 17th
Virender Sehwag – 16
Kapil Dev – 16
EAS Prasanna – 15
Dilip Vengsarkar – 15.
The Indian skipper’s bat has also been silent lately, as the explosive batsman from Delhi has not yet made a century in 2021. Since that double hundred against Bangladesh in 2019, the right-handed batting maestro has not scored a single ton in international cricket.
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