Indian skipper Virat Kohli has ended 2020 on a forgetful note. India lost the first Test against Australia by 8 wickets and are staring at a series whitewash without their skipper in the last three tests. Kohli will be back to India to be with his wife for the birth of their first child. The Indian skipper scored a defiant 74 in the first innings followed by just four in the second innings as India were bowled out for their lowest test score ever.
2020 overall was not a memorable one for the Indian team as well. They lost five back to back ODIs (3 vs NZ, 2 vs Aus). India’s batting performance on the third day of the Adelaide Test was a nightmarish performance and the team would like to put it behind them as soon as possible.
2020: Virat Kohli’s Year to Forget
Virat Kohli has the highest score of 89 in this calendar year against Australia in Banglore earlier in January this year. Kohli was a part of only 9 ODI matches, 3 Test and 10 T20Is this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Before this Australia tour, the last Test that India had played came in February during their tour of New Zealand. Virat Kohli ended the year with 112 Test runs, 431 ODI runs and 295 T20I runs.
From 7 for 1 at stumps on Day 2, the visitors were brought down to 19 for 6 inside the first half-hour of day 3 and were 31-9 after the fall of Hanuma Vihari for 8. India finally declared on 36 for 9 after Mohammed Shami coped up with an injury on his bowling arm. This was also India’s lowest ever total in Test Cricket.
After India declared their innings, Australia chased down the target of 90 in 21 overs with Joe Burns scoring an unbeaten 51.
“It’s very hard to put those feeling into words. We had a lead of 60-odd when we arrived. And then just collapsed. Played two days of good cricket to get in a position and then just lose it in an hour. Really hurts. Probably didn’t have enough intent in the batting today. It’s something that needs to be reflected and learnt from” said Kohli while reflecting on India’s batting collapse.