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2 years and 60 innings… 2021 has also passed, but Virat Kohli’s bat did not get a century

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Indian captain Virat Kohli was dismissed after playing almost the same bad shot in the second consecutive innings of the first Test against South Africa. In the first innings, he was caught in the slips on the ball going far outside the off stump of Lungi Ngidi.

In the second too, he again became the victim of Marco Yansen off the wide ball on the very first ball just after lunch. In this way another year of Virat ended without a century. He ended 2021 with 536 runs in 11 Tests at a modest average of 28.21.

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Virat scored only four fifties in 19 innings in Test cricket in 2021. The Indian captain last scored an international century on 23 November 2019. Then he played a match-winning innings of 136 runs in the Day-Night Test against Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens.

year without international century
2008: 5 Innings
2020: 24 innings
2021: 30 innings

Virat getting stuck on the ball of the 10th stump
There was a time when cover drives were Virat Kohli’s biggest weapon. It seems that no one can play this shot better than Virat, but now the situation is different. This strength has become Kohli’s weakness. In the year 2019, Virat used to get out on the balls of the middle stump against the pacers, but in the year 2020, 9 cm outside the offstump and in the year 2021, 26 cm outside the off stump is getting stuck on the balls.

Can’t score runs against pacers

According to ESPN Cricinfo, since the beginning of the year 2020, Virat’s average playing cover drives or off drives against pacers in overseas Test matches has come down to just 18.40. In comparison, his average in 2018 and 2019 was 64.25. In recent times too, in the Centurion Test, Kohli got out on balls that could have been omitted.

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