Zero Tons in 19 Innings: Stats Reveal Virat Kohli’s Leanest Form Since 2014 England Tour

Virat Kohli was dismissed for just 2 on the opening day of the first Test between New Zealand and India in Wellington. By the end of the day, India are tottering at 122 for 5 as their batters failed to play the moving ball at the Basin Reserve. Kohli’s failure has highlighted his recent lean patch with the bat. Throughout the ongoing New Zealand tour, Kohli has managed to score just a single fifty across 8 innings in all 3 international formats. This has been the longest he has been without a century in international cricket as stats reveal Virat Kohli’s leanest form since 2014 England tour.

His last ton in international cricket came back in November last year when he scored 136 in India’s maiden Pink-Ball Test against Bangladesh. Since then Kohli has not scored a century in the last 19 international innings as stats reveal Virat Kohli’s leanest form since 2014 England tour.

World Cup 2011

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This is the third-worst phase of his 11-year career so far. The first came between February to September 2011, which included the World Cup. During this period, Kohli’s overall batting average dipped sharply from 48 before the 2011 World Cup to 39 in a space of 7 months. He scored 282 from nine innings in the tournament.

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2014 England Tour

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Kohli then lost his form during the 2014 England tour. He scored only 134 runs in 10 innings and was consistently dismissed by James Anderson to balls outside the off stump. He was seriously criticised by cricket fans and experts all round the world as he reached probably the lowest point in his career in terms of his confidence.

Virat Kohli’s Leanest Form Since 2014

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This is the third phase of Virat Kohli’s leanest form since 2014 England tour. Currently, he has no three-figure scores in the last 19 innings making this his longest lean patch. Also, another striking feature is the number of fifties he scored in the meantime.

While he has just six fifty-plus scores in the last 19 innings most recently, he hit six in the 2014 phase and just four in 2011. Kohli made up for his lost form in his next trip to England in 2018, scoring 593 runs, making the required corrections in his batting technique.

This being Virat Kohli’s leanest form since 2014 England tour, Kohli has three more innings to get himself back to form amidst challenging conditions. Being someone who loves challenges, the challenge could not be any harder after India’s whitewash in the ODI series and now a bad start in the very first day of the first Test.

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One important thing to notice about Virat Kohli is the fact that, when he was being touted as India’s biggest key with the bat in the 2019 World Cup, he failed to live up to the reputation. Although he scored five consecutive fifties, he once again fell to the moving ball in the semifinal against the same opposition. The Kiwis probably have worked out his weakness once again.

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