In the second T20I match between England and India at the Edgbaston, Birmingham, Richard Gleeson completely changed the dynamic of the match by taking the wickets of Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, and Virat Kohli.
When Rohit was dismissed, Virat Kohli came onto the field and was out for just one run in three deliveries.
After dominating the sport of cricket for almost ten years, Virat is currently facing a “unusual” extended lean period that is seriously harming Indian cricket and raising concerns about the future of the star batsman.
Since striking 136 against Bangladesh in Kolkata in November 2019, the 33-year-old Kohli has played more than 100 innings across all cricket formats, including the IPL, without making a century.
In the fifth and final Test against England, Kohli’s dismal recent run of play persisted as he could only manage 11 and 20 in both of his innings. Additionally, his IPL 2022 campaign with Royal Challengers Bangalore was below average. Only 341 runs, at an average of 22.73 and a below-average strike rate of 115.98, could be scored by Kohli in 16 games. He was able to score just two half-centuries during the entire season.
Coming back to the match, despite winning the first T20 without players like Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, and Jasprit Bumrah, many Indian cricket fans were shocked to see India make 4 changes in the playing XI for the second T20.
The visitors, who have a 1-0 lead and won the first T20I by a margin of 50 runs, will be seeking to win the entire series. India reached 198 for eight in 20 overs, beating the target of 199 runs thanks in large part to Hardik Pandya‘s 51 runs off 33 balls and commanding performance. The all-rounder also displayed strong bowling performance, picking up four wickets as the hosts were dismissed for 148 in 19.3 overs.