Team India have dominated Australia, the world’s number 1 ranked Test side with brilliant performances in the first 2 Tests.
Having taken a 2-0 lead in the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2023, India have successfully retained the Border-Gavaskar trophy.
While the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been experiencing a purple patch, one player who has struggled somewhat is Virat Kohli.
The former Indian skipper has regained his form in other formats but he has yet to score a century in Tests since 2019.
Virat Kohli’s Test match form has been under the spotlight for a while now.
Playing his first red-ball match at Delhi since 2017, Indian skipper Virat Kohli played a gritty knock in the 2nd Test vs Australia.
However, the star batter failed to notch up his 29th half-century.
Kohli was given LBW to Australian debutant Matthew Kuhnemann and his dismissal sparked a huge debate among the fans and followers of the game on social media.
Hoping to make amends in the 2nd innings, Kohli struck three boundaries during India’s chase of the 115-run target set by Australia at Arun Jaitley. However, Kohli failed to cash in on his start as the star batter was stumped by Todd Murphy in the 19th over.
Interestingly, this was the first time that former India captain Kohli was stumped in his illustrious Test career.
With Kohli extending his century drought in the longest format of the game, the official Twitter handle of Iceland Cricket took a sly dig on the ace cricketer.
Iceland Cricket claimed that Kohli has not scored a Test century in 23 matches.
The tweet said – “This statistic won’t please many of our Indian fans, but it is now 23 Tests since Virat Kohli scored a century, which was back in 2019. How long is too long?,”
The tweet soon became the talk of the town on social media and fans were quick to hit back at Iceland Cricket with a series of witty responses.
One fan wrote – Hundreds alone cannot define a batter. Consistent run-making, sans hundreds, is equally creditworthy if not more.
In the case of Kohli, he is being rewarded until eternity despite an elongated dry run as a reward for some sterling performances in the past. His name is sacrosanct.
Another wrote – He is coming back to form format by format. He was already back and yet looked out of sorts in 2 odis before hitting 3 centuries later.
Spin had been his issue of late across formats and his 44(83) and 21(30) were signs he has begun combatting it.
Another hard card-core fan defended Kohli’s track record by tweeting – That’s just 1 year since test century .. since 2020 and half of 2021 was washed out by covid , when a man has as many centuries as VK does , its fine to leave him alone for at least 1 more year.
Kohli will be hoping to end his Test century drought in the third Test at Indore’s Holkar Stadium which has slightly shorter boundaries and favours the batsmen.