Virat Kohli, on Thursday, July 14, played his first game of the ongoing ODI series between India and England, but he failed to make much of an impact. The 33-year-old missed the first game at the Kennington Oval in London due to a groin injury and replaced Shreyas Iyer at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London.
After being asked to chase down 248 at the Home of Cricket, India lost the early wicket of Rohit Sharma to fast bowler Reece Topley. Kohli came to bat in the third over and started his knock with eight dot balls.
Thereafter, Kohli upped his game and smashed Topley for three glorious fours. The Delhi-born batter was starting to give a glimpse of the damage he can do with the bat. In the first ball of the 11th over, Kohli had luck going his way after an inside-edge of his bat didn’t crash onto the stumps.
But Kohli ran out of luck in the very next over. Left-arm pacer David Willey accounted for the wicket of Virat, who hasn’t scored a century since the Day-Night Test against Bangladesh in November 2019.
Willey bowled a good-length delivery and Kohli made a tentative poke at it. To Kohli’s dismay, he found an outside edge and Jos Buttler took a simple catch with the gloves in hand.
Kohli perished after scoring 16 runs off 25 balls with three fours. When Kohli departed, India were tottering at 31 for the loss of four wickets in 11.2 overs.
Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant also failed to get into double digits. Topley got the important wickets of Rohit, Dhawan and Suryakumar Yadav.
In the meantime, fans weren’t happy with Kohli’s dismissal. They lashed out at Kohli for yet another failure in international cricket.
— (@amitsingh7979) July 14, 2022
— GOPIKRISHNA CHOWDARY (@Gopikrishna7781) July 14, 2022
— Monojit_13 (@Monojit1312) July 14, 2022
Virat Kohli is only in team because he scored good runs couple of years back. How long can someone just get opportunities based on reputation? It is shame that we literally obsess and worship an individual more then the game. #ViratKohli #Kohli
— Fire in the belly (@jungleeejanwar) July 14, 2022
#ViratKohli how often have we seen this now,playing an outside off stump ball n getting out in same fashion again n again. Was it a compulsion to play such delivery, if yes then he need some mental training not the cricketing one.@imVkohli @virendersehwag @bhogleharsha
— Tarun Sharma (@KumarTarun202) July 14, 2022
@SGanguly99 I don’t understand what do u mean by u expect @imVkohli 2 come back stronger? It’s nt WWF r https://t.co/eBWwiTr2Ym‘s game of cricket nd he’s lost touch nt 4 months but 4 years.Kohli has become a burden 2 Indian team.#ViratKohli @bhogleharsha
— @ Proud Indian. (@sharathprak1234) July 14, 2022
Ab to team ke liye bhi panauti ka kaam kar raha hai .. koi iss aadmi ko rest do bhai #ViratKohli
— Uttarakhandi .. (@Manubhaisorele) July 14, 2022
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