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IND vs SL 2nd Test: Virat Kohli’s WORST NIGHTMARE, 50 average in all formats under BIG THREAT – Check why?

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IND vs SL 2nd Test: Virat Kohli’s WORST NIGHTMARE – For the first time in nearly six years, former India captain Virat Kohli may lose a BIG record. Kohli is the only batsman to hvae an average of 50+ across all three formats. But his dwindling form in Test cricket has threatened the record. If he scores 42 or below in the pink ball Test against Sri Lanka, his Test average will go down below 50. Follow India vs Sri Lanka Day-Night Test Live Updates on InsideSport.IN.

Virat Kohli currently averages 50.35 in Tests. But his century drought that has stretched to 838 days has threatened that 50 across all format record. The last time Virat Kohli scored a century was back in November of 2019 against Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens in another Pink Ball Test. But since then, his average has gone down to 28.75. Until his 70th century, he averaged 54.97.

IND vs SL 2nd Test: Virat Kohli’s WORST NIGHTMARE, 50 average in all formats under BIG THREAT – Check why?

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IND vs SL 2nd Test: Virat Kohli's WORST NIGHTMARE, 50 average in all formats under BIG THREAT - Check why?
Virat Kohli during India’s practice with pink-ball in Mohali ahead of Day-Night Bengaluru Test

Kohli touched 50 average in his 52nd Test against England at the Wankhede Stadium when he slammed 235 in the first innings. He touched a career-best average of 55.10 when he slammed 254 against South Africa in Pune in 2019. But his stats have slowly come down. On his 100th Test in Mohali, he managed 45.

IND vs SL 2nd Test: Virat Kohli’s WORST NIGHTMARE, 50 average in all formats under BIG THREAT – Check why?

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IND vs SL 2nd Test: Why is Virat Kohli’s BIG RECORD under threat?

  • Virat Kohli hasn’t scored a century in the last 838 days.
  • His last century was in November of 2019 against Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens.
  • His career-high average in Test was 55.10 after his 254 not out against South Africa in 2019.
  • Since his 70th century, he has averaged only 28.75 in 29 innings.
  • He has to score 43 or more in the first innings in the 2nd Test against Sri Lanka to keep the 50+ average in Test.
  • If Kohli scores 42 or below in the first innings, for the first time in 6 years, he will lose the 50+ average across three format record.

IND vs SL 2nd Test: Virat Kohli’s WORST NIGHTMARE, 50 average in all formats under BIG THREAT – Check why?

Virat Kohli’s averages in three formats:

  • Test: 50.35
  • ODI: 58.07
  • T20I: 51.50

Virat Kohli career stats:

Format Mat Inns Runs HS Ave 100s 50s
Test 100 169 8007 254* 50.35 27 28
ODI 260 251 12311 183 58.07 43 64
T20I 97 89 3296 94* 51.5 0 30
FC 132 217 10256 254* 51.28 34 36
List A 294 284 13753 183 56.83 47 72
T20 326 309 10273 113 41.09 5 76

 

IND vs SL 2nd Test: Virat Kohli’s WORST NIGHTMARE, 50 average in all formats under BIG THREAT – Check why?

IND vs SL 2nd Test: Virat Kohli's WORST NIGHTMARE, 50 average in all formats under BIG THREAT - Check why?
Virat Kohli celebrates his century against Bangladesh in 2019. It was his 70th international century and the last

However, three other Test greats — Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sunil Gavaskar — had never their stats dip below 50. Despite occasional lean patches Gavaskar, Tendulkar and Dravid maintained a 50+ average throughout their career.

Gavaskar ended up with a 51.12 average while Sachin Tendulkar managed a career average of 53.78 while Rahul Dravid finished his batting career with an average of 52.31. But Virat Kohli isn’t too bothered about maintaining that. During the South Africa tour, Kohli said he wasn’t running after the records and numbers.

IND vs SL 2nd Test: Virat Kohli’s WORST NIGHTMARE, 50 average in all formats under BIG THREAT – Check why?

“I have nothing else to worry about because the reality of the situation is that eventually, you want to make an impact performance for the team. And my best effort is always to do that. I don’t think I have anything to prove to anyone. If all the time you look at yourself and judge yourself on the basis of numbers and milestones, I don’t think you will ever be content or happy with what you are doing,” Virat Kohli said in January.

However, with Kohli returning to his second home, he will be aiming to keep the record intact and aim for his long-awaited 71st international century to equal the record with Ricky Ponting.

IND vs SL 2nd Test: Virat Kohli’s WORST NIGHTMARE, 50 average in all formats under BIG THREAT – Check why?

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