Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s decline in form, especially in the longer format of the game, continued after he was dismissed for 3 on day one of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle.
His past seven innings make up for a dismal reading – 38, 0, 13, 12, 15, 6 and 3 (against Sri Lanka). Kohli was in blistering form when he hit a double century against Bangladesh in February, 2017.
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Post that knock of 204 in the first innings, he has been struggling for form in Tests. During the four-Test Australian series at home, Kohli was favourite to perform but failed to take off while taking on the Aussie bowlers.
In these seven innings, he was leg before wicket twice, caught four times and was bowled once. Moreover, he had to sit out the last and fourth Test against Australia due to his shoulder injury in Dharamsala.
Post his injury return at the Indian Premier League (IPL), Kohli scored 308 runs in 10 matches and looked still short of his previous best. He averaged 30.80 in the IPL which is a considerable low average going by his batting standards.
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A lot was riding on him when India entered the ICC Champions Trophy in May, which was his first major tournament after taking over from MS Dhoni. He shut down his critics with his bat.
He was the fourth highest run-scorer in the tournament, by scoring 258 runs with three fifties from five matches.
India are currently in Sri Lanka for three Test matches and Kohli would look to break the monotony of his poor scores in the remaining innings of the series.