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Kohli’s history despite the collapse of India

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Virat Kohli did everything to fight. But it was not enough to prevent defeat by an innings. As soon as Kohli, who scored 76 runs as India’s tenth batsman, got out, India’s defeat against South Africa by an innings and 32 runs was confirmed.

Kohli has set a great milestone on the day of India’s humiliating loss. In Thursday’s innings of 76 runs off 82 balls, 2006 runs have come from Kohli’s bat in all editions this year. He is the first and only batsman in the 146-year history of cricket to score at least 2,000 runs with the bat in seven different years.

Earlier in 2012 (2186 runs), 2014 (2286 runs), 2016 (2595 runs), 2017 (2818 runs), 2018 (2735) and 2019 (2455), Kohli has crossed the milestone of 2 thousand runs with the bat.

India saw a batting disaster on the day of Kohli’s achievement. The Centurion Test ended its life on the third day as the visiting batsmen failed. In response to India’s 245 runs in the first innings in the rain-interrupted Test, South Africa’s innings stopped at 408 runs.
India, who started the second innings trailing by 163 runs, suffered early on. Kagiso Rabada bowled out captain Rohit Sharma in the third over. The visitors lost their second wicket for 13 runs. Another opener, Yasswi Jaishwal, was brought back by Nandre Berger.

Kohli tried to deal with the disaster with Shubman Gill in the third wicket partnership. Marko Jansen broke the pair of 39 runs by removing Gill’s stamp on the team’s 52 runs.

The next match is Protea pacers vs Kohli. The visitors’ batting line-up was thrown into disarray by the pace storm of the host pacers. Kohli became India’s only beacon of hope. Not just standing, he was making runs with the ball. But at the other end of the wicket was a procession of teammates.

No other Indian batsman could reach double figures. Standing against the tide, Kohli played an innings of 76 runs off 82 balls with 12 fours and 1 six. The fate of the match was written as soon as the Indian batsman was out.


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