Kochi: Classic cricketer Virat Kohli is receiving brick bats for his poor show in all formats of the game lately, despite his outstanding averages in limited over editions and test matches for over a decade.
Controversial player Ajay Jadeja has raised eyebrows over giving such a long rope for Kohli despite his repeated poor performance, media reports said.
Anyone in Kohli’s place would have been out of the team, Jadeja, who faced a long ban in match fixing, said adding that there was no doubt that Kohli is a master player.
Legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar has attributed Kohli’s failure to his wrong technique under English conditions. Former England skipper Michael Vaughan felt Kohli should take sabbatical from cricket for his poor form.
Kohli has an average of 50.72 in T20I format,
58.07 in the ODIs and 49.53 in test matches.
This clearly shows where lies Kohli’s real strength.
His average in the ODIs in 2008 was 31.80 which zoomed to an average of 133.56 in 2018 from 68.40 in 2012.
In 2016 it was 92.38 and 76.84 in 2017. But it dropped to 59.86 in 2019.
Kohli’s T20I average in 2011 was only 15.25. He bounced back to make it 96.25 in 2014 and106.83 in 2016. In 2019 it was 77.67 and it dropped slightly to 74.75 in 2021. In 2022 it stands at 23.33.
Kohli’s test average shows his poor performance in this format compared to the limited overs editions.
His top performance in test matches was in 2016 when the average was 75.94. It remained the same in 2017 and dropped slightly to 68 in 2019.
It was abysmally low at 19.33 in 2020.
Kohli should think to focus more on his game else the country would lose an outstanding player.
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