Kohli out for zero in the last innings of the England tour
It was a kind of anti-climax on day four of the fifth Test between England and India. Virat Kohli, the Indian captain and the leading run scorer in this Test series by a massive margin was out on the first ball he faced in India’s second innings.
With a daunting target of 464 to chase and team’s reputation at stake, the fans expected Kohli to sign off the tour on a high note. And the way he batted throughout the series, it seemed inevitable that Kohli would at least get a decent score.
But the Indian captain lasted for only one ball and it surprised everyone present at the Oval.
Broad ends the party for Kohli
And interestingly this unimaginable feat was made a reality by Stuart Broad who has struggled to find his rhythm during this entire series. India had lost two quick wickets when Virat arrived at the crease in the last session of the day and had to face Broad for his first delivery.
Broad bowled a good length delivery outside off stump which was infact so wide that it could have been either left alone or whipped through covers. But Virat just went for a defense tap with feet nowhere close to the ball. He tried to poke without any intent or firmness and ended up edging the ball which was caught safely by Jonny Bairstow behind the wickets.
Twitter goes wild after Kohli’s duck
The Indian captain’s golden duck was not only surprising for the England team but was shocking for the fans as well. Their reactions were soon recorded on Twitter.
Didn't follow this match at all but not surprised too with the proceedings rn except that Kohli had gone for a duck. Wanted him finish this series on a high note but things will not always go right. Take a bow @imVkohli, well done on your part. #ENGvIND
— SANATH 🏏 (@Dude_Cricket) September 11, 2018
— Collin G Wood ⚫️⚪️ (@Collin_G_Wood) September 10, 2018
Some even pointed out at England’s reactions after getting Kohli’s wicket.
ask them about the importance of Virat Kohli’s wicket pic.twitter.com/FeH4Br8XS5
— Shah Rukh Khan (@DynamicSRK) September 10, 2018
While some tried to add a pinch of humor in the tragedy.
Virat Kohli's three Golden Ducks in Tests have come at Melbourne (2011), Lord's (2014) & The Oval (2018)#EngvInd
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) September 10, 2018
Virat Kohli got out for a golden duck in the last innings of the series.
He has reached the point “Kya fayda score karke, harwana inhone phir bhi hai”
— Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) September 10, 2018
Some stats in case you missed them!
Today is only the 6th time in his international career that Virat Kohli has been dismissed for a golden duck:
3 times versus England
Once versus West Indies
Once versus Australia
Once versus South Africa#Cricket
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) September 10, 2018
As usual some conspiracy theories surfaced too!
We should not criticise Virat Kohli for getting out without scoring even a single run. He must be under lot of pressure about how to promote Sui Dhaaga film. #ENGvIND
— Akshay (@AkshayKatariyaa) September 10, 2018
And then some tried to look at the positive side of the story!
Look at the bright side… James Anderson cannot get Virat Kohli out in this series. #EngvInd
— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) September 10, 2018
so Jimmy Anderson fails to get Virat Kohli's wicket throughout the series. what a comeback from Kohli though in this series after a horror one in 2014.#ENGvIND
— Nikhil Mane 🏏🇦🇺 (@nikhiltait) September 10, 2018
And some valid points were made as well!
The war dance by Eng fielders on getting @imVkohli was indicative of awe/disbelief..that Indn Capt was out 1st ball-Damn it he was due..to fail by weird law o averages..by same law few others were due to deliver-alas..that didn’t happen throughout the series..weird ain’t it.?!!!
— Bishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) September 10, 2018