Virat Kohli has enjoyed a purple patch for such a long stretch one can’t even think of him failing. In the last four Test series, he has smashed four double centuries, the only batsman to achieve this feat. Heading into the series against Australia, a team against whom he smashed 692 runs at an average of 86.5 with four centuries in 2014-15, it was expected that Kohli would continue to dominate. (DAY 2 BLOG)
After Australia had notched up 260, India lost opener Murali Vijay to Josh Hazlewood while Cheteshwar Pujara was snapped up for six by Mitchell Starc. In walked the Indian skipper at 44/2 and the Indian fans were hoping for some fireworks. After Kohli had negotiated the first ball, Starc tempted the batsman with a full delivery angled wide outside off-stump. The captain fell for the trap as he reached out for a drive, only managing to edge to Peter Handscomb at slip to depart for a two-ball duck.
The manner of Kohli’s dismissal summed up India’s horror day as they lost seven wickets for 11 runs, collapsing to 105 all out, their second-lowest total in a home Test against Australia.
Following Kohli’s failure to open his account, here are some interesting duck tales related to the Indian skipper
5 - The number of times Virat Kohli has been dismissed for a duck in Tests. Out of them, three have been two-ball ducks while two were golden ducks.
2014 - The last time Virat Kohli was dismissed for a duck. He was out without scoring in the Manchester Test against England.
902 - Number of days since Kohli was sent packing for a duck in a Test. Since he fell for nought on August 7, 2014 at Old Trafford, he had not been dismissed for a duck in any format until the Pune Test.
44- Number of Test innings since Kohli was dismissed for a duck. During this phase, he did not bat in two rain-ruined innings, vs South Africa in Bangalore in 2015 and West Indies in Port-of-Spain in 2016.
4 - Kohli has now scored one duck in each innings. He was dismissed for 0 in the first innings of the Test against West Indies in Barbados in 2011 while he was out for a golden duck in the fourth-innings against Australia in Melbourne in 2011. He fell for a golden duck against England in Lord’s in 2014, in the third innings of the Test. In Manchester, he was dismissed for a duck in the first innings for the second time.
1 - This is Virat Kohli’s first duck in a Test in India. Before the Pune Test, he had played 42 innings, averaging over 60. His first duck at home has brought his average down to 59.6.
1 - Number of times India have won when Kohli has been dismissed for a duck. While they drew the Bridgetown Test against West Indies in 2011, India lost by 122 runs to Australia in Melbourne that year. The only win they registered was at Lord’s in 2014 while they lost the Manchester Test by an innings.
104- Number of innings across all formats before he was dismissed for a duck in Pune. His previous duck in any format was in an ODI against England in Cardiff in 2014.
In the modern era, there is a huge battle for the title of best batsman between Kohli, Steven Smith, Kane Williamson and Joe Root. Following the duck, Kohli has fallen behind in the race with Root and Smith, and is only slightly ahead of Williamson.