IND vs AUS: Virat Kohli’s failure in 1st ODI adds to his poor form in Sydney

Written by Vipin Darwade

Team India captain Virat Kohli is arguably the best ever batsman to have played the One Day International format. His career numbers in the 50 overs format have deemed him the undisputed king of ODIs in the contemporary era. In 240 innings, Virat Kohli has amassed 11888 runs averaging almost 60 with the bat and has 43 hundreds in ODIs, just 2nd to Sachin Tendulkar’s tally of 49.

Even across ODIs in Australia, Kohli’s numbers take only a slight dip. In 27 innings down under, Kohli has accumulated 1175 runs, with an average of 48.95, including 5 hundreds and 4 fifties.

However, the Indian captain’s record in Sydney is alarming given in 6 innings at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Kohli has only scored 57 runs at an average of 11.40 and a 64.04 strike rate and a highest score of only 21.

That run-a-ball 21 came during the 1st ODI played between India and Australia, on November 27, as Australia’s international home summer for 2020-21 kicked off on Thursday.

Virat Kohli’s scores at the SCG (most recent first): 21, 3, 8, 1, 3*, 21

After 5 disappointing innings in his career at the SCG, Kohli once again failed to perform at the venue and at a time when the team was in dire need. India were chasing a target of 375 in the 1st ODI and had just lost the wicket of Mayank Agarwal in the 6th ovr after a promising start from the openers.

Virat Kohli with a dropped catch by Adam Zampa in the 7th over, off Pat Cummins, got a life when he was at 1 off 6 and yet failed to convert his innings into something significant for India.

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