IND vs ENG: Virat Kohli completes 1000 Test runs in England but wait to end century drought continues, fails after good start

While the pendulum has started oscillating for Indian skipper Virat Kohli, it is still not operating in its full swing. Recently, in India’s second innings at Oval against England, he missed his well-deserved half-century after he was outplayed Moeen Ali on 44 runs. With this contribution, Kohli managed to complete his 1000 Test runs in England but continues to wait to end his century drought.

Virat Kohli looked in fine touch on the batting-friendly turf at Oval. He had earlier jammed a 59-run partnership with Ravindra Jadeja to accelerate India’s lead. However, just when he pressed the forward button on his innings, he was outplayed by Moeen Ali.

In a delivery outside off, Kohli went straight with the angle anticipating some turn. However, the ball instead pushed forward and found the edge and to hand a simple catch for Overton at slip. He smashed 44 runs from 96 deliveries that included seven fours.

Virat Kohli’s century drought drags to 652 days

Virat Kohli’s willow yet to fire a century since slamming one against Bangladesh on November 22, 2019, at Eden Gardens in the pink-ball Test. But after lockdown, he has struggled big-time, scoring just five half-centuries in 21 innings.

In the ongoing series against England, Virat Kohli has been an average performer with the bat. In the seven outings, he has amassed 218 runs and managed an average of 31.14. He has smashed two fifties in the series so far.