Virat Kohli has scored 31 runs in two innings of the Edgbaston Test against England. The performance of this off-batter has also touched the rankings of the batsmen. Kohli has slipped four more places in the batsmen’s rankings in the newly released ICC Test rankings. Gradually, he has gone out of the top ten.
Virat Kohli scored his last century against Bangladesh on 22 November 2019 at Eden Gardens. From then on, the tide turned at the bat. However, research on how long it would take to break Sachin Tendulkar’s record was going on a few days ago. Now many can see the end of Kohli. Only time will tell when the former India captain will return for a run. But one can understand how horrible his non-run has gone.
After a long time, one of the best batsmen of the generation has gone out of the top ten in the ranking of Test batsmen. Kohli is ranked 13th with 614 rating points in the newly released rankings. The last time he was out of the top 10 was when people forgot. According to the Indian media, he went out of the top 10 after 2503 days. Exactly six years as a year!
Kohli’s poor performance is as worrying for the Indians as it is for the opponents. Much of the blame for the loss in the just-concluded Edgbaston Test has fallen on Kohli’s shoulders. He dropped to number four and failed in two innings, putting pressure on the middle order. The 33-year-old is also facing criticism from the Indians for slamming Inform Bairstow while England were batting in the first innings. The burden of the team does not stop the owner of 60 centuries in international cricket.
Kohli has played 18 Tests since that century on November 22 until July 2022. At this time his batting average is 26.25. He has scored only 72 runs. Highest innings of 69 runs. At this time his average has also decreased. In March this year, for the first time since 2016, his average in Tests fell below 50. The way he is playing, it will not be a surprise if the average of 49.53 is further reduced.
, but Kohli is not alone, this time his opponent Steve Smith is also behind. Steve Smith’s last century came in January 2021. From January 2020 to June 2022, he scored 852 runs in 14 Tests at an average of 40.56. He has scored only one century at this time. Like Kohli, his career average has also declined at this time.