In the ongoing World Test Championship (WTC), Virat Kohli came up short of another century against New Zealand.
The Indian captain laid a solid foundation for his 44-man team. As he walked back to the pavilion, though, a nip-backer from pacemaker Kyle Jamieson castled him.
With this, Kohli’s wait for a century in all three forms extends to 45 innings. His most recent Test century was against Bangladesh in Kolkata in 2019. The Delhi batsman’s century drought ended in 2020.
Since August 14, 2019, the right-handed batsman has been stranded at 43 centuries in the shorter format, six short of Sachin Tendulkar’s ODI world record of 49 centuries.
That means he hasn’t scored an ODI century in over a year and a half. He last scored 114 not out against the West Indies in Trinidad’s Port-of-Spain.
Virat Kohli was looking so good yesterday to make a mark on the WTC final, he had over 90% control over his batting, was hitting sweetly. But got out on 44 this morning by a great ball from Kyle Jamieson, a good Innings nevertheless by Virat. pic.twitter.com/zsQaSANqBS— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) June 20, 2021
Virat Kohli has two tons and four fifties in 14 WTC matches, with a top score of 254*. Marnus Labuschagne (1675 runs) is the leading run-scorer in the WTC league phase, with England captain Joe Root (1660 runs) in second position.
Kohli has an outstanding Test record with 7490 runs from 91 matches at an average of 52.37, despite a lackluster performance in the league phase by his own standards. In addition, his Test trip includes 27 centuries and 25 fifties.
WTC final: Kohli’s hard work undone by Kyle Jamieson
Jamieson maintained his lengths throughout the session, and he reaped the benefits. Kohli was the first wicket to fall on a delayed day’s play, having set the record with a magnificent cover drive on Day 2.
Kohli’s 44 runs came from a solitary boundary as he manipulated the ball for ones and twos. Rishabh Pant was next to fall to the quick for a paltry four runs to leave India reeling at 156 for 5.
Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane (39) and Ravindra Jadeja were aiming to rebuild after losing two fast wickets at the time of writing.