For the first time since 2017, Virat Kohli’s Test average dips below 50

Virat Kohli’s batting average has dropped below 50 for the first time since 2017, after he was bowled swiftly in both innings in the Bengaluru Pink-ball Test.

Virat Kohli was knocked for the second time in as many days by a delivery that stayed low on a surface that had experienced some inconsistent bounce during the Pink-ball Test against Sri Lanka. On Day 2 of the 2nd Test, Kohli appeared upset after missing a low-kept ball from Pravin Jayawickrama. He gave the pitch a long look before shaking his head and returning to the pavilion slowly.

 Kohli’s Test average fell below 50 for the first time since 2017 as a result of the two unlucky dismissals. Kohli has 8043 runs at an average of 49.95 in 101 Tests. Kohli required 43 runs in the second Test to keep his Test average over fifty, but he only scored 36 runs.

Kohli was a run-scoring dynamo throughout the last decade. His test career began at the turn of the decade, and he reached his pinnacle in 2017.

Kohli has really not made an international century since November 2019, and his Test form has been shaky since the beginning of 2020. During that time, he has only averaged 28.03 in 17 Tests. 

He scored 74 runs in three Tests in 2020 and 536 runs at 28.21 in 11 Tests in 2021. He has only played three Tests in 2022 and has only scored 189 runs, including one fifty.

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