Essex vs India, 3-Day Practice Game: Indian captain Virat Kohli scored 68 against Essex in the ongoing three-day practice match at Edgbaston. 24-year-old Paul Ian Walter who got the prized scalp of Kohli seems to be over the moon. While speaking in an interview at the end of Day 1, Walter said the “he still cannot believe it”. Also Read - India vs Australia 2020 | Virat Kohli Might Have to Bowl Few of Little Mediums: Tom Moody
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It is something most bowlers, an especially young bowler who gets his wicket must be feeling. Kohli’s dominance in all three formats makes him a ‘one of a kind’ cricketer. At a young age of 29, Kohli is already a successful captain and India’s premier batsman across formats. He has played 66 Tests and 211 ODIs amassing 5554 and 9779 runs respectively. He already has 56 international centuries to his name, apart from four IPL tons.
The concerning part about the dismissal:
What must be concerning the Indian skipper as well as the team management would be the fact that he got out in a similar fashion, that was troubling him four years back.
He fished at a Paul Ian Walter ball at the fifth stump and that found the outside edge, only to be pouched by the first slip. In 2014, it was the area outside the off stump that was troubling him as he could not contain himself from falling for the cover drive. That year he got off 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0,7, 6 and 20 in the five Tests, averaging 13.50 in his 10 innings. In coloured clothes then, he got scores of 0, 40, 1* and 13.
Meanwhile, at the completion of play on Day 1, India is 322 for 6. It was a great recovery after early hiccups. India lost Shikhar Dhawan for a golden duck and Cheteshwar Pujara followed suit as he departed for 1.