ICC Champions Trophy: Virat Kohli bags first ODI duck since August 27, 2014

ICC Champions Trophy: Virat Kohli bags first ODI duck since August 27, 2014

first_imgVirat Kohli was sent back for a five-ball duck by Nuwan Pradeep as Sri Lanka sought to fight back against India in a crucial Group B match at the ICC Champions Trophy at The Oval on Thursday.Expectedly, there was stunned silence across the ground where thousands of Indian supporters had flooded in to cheer the Men in Blue. It’s not very often, after all, that Kohli flops in one-day cricket (or in any format for that matter).India had got off to a rousing start, thanks to Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, who added 138 for the opening wicket. Kohli walked in after Rohit had fallen to Mumbai Indians teammate Lasith Malinga for 78. (Also read: Virat Kohli sole Indian in Forbes list of highest paid athletes)Loud cheers from the Indian contingent greeted Kohli, who is undoubedly the most entertaining batsman in the world. Moreover, his unbeaten 81 in the previous match against Pakistan had raised expectations further. Halfway through the innings, the stage was set for another Kohli special.But the India skipper lasted only five balls at the crease and edged a Pradeep delivery to wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella. Kohli was done in by the seaam movement and extra pace and one could argue that the shot was too risky given a slip was waiting for perhaps just that shot.Incidentally, Kohli’s last duck in ODIs had also come in England against the hosts in Cardiff on August 27, 2014. That duck had underlined a horrid tour for Kohli, who has since blossomed as the best batsman in world cricket.advertisementBetween these two ducks, Kohli has amassed runs all over the world and smashed eight hundreds and nine half-centuries, some of which are already part of cricketing folklore.Kohli was in peak form during India’s packed Test season and had become the first batsman to score double hundreds in four successive series. He struggled a bit against Australia in the four-Test series and had an indifferent IPL.last_img

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