Virat Kohli century I virat kohli and cheteshwar pujara wants to end century draught in lords test against england I
- Virat Kohli and Pujara haven’t scored Test centuries for a long time
- Virat Kohli’s record at Lord’s is not good
- Kohli would not like to join the club of batsmen who could not score a century at Lord’s
New Delhi: The greats Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar could never score a Test hundred at Lord’s, but Virat Kohli would like to avoid joining the club of these two legends and try to end the long wait for a century by reaching triple digits at this historic ground. Kohli has failed to score a century in 15 innings of the last nine Test matches. He has 27 centuries in Test cricket to his name, but since November 2019, he is yearning to reach triple digits. After this, in the 15 innings he has played, he has scored 345 runs and his average is 23.00.
India face England in the second Test from Thursday at Lord’s where the Indian legend struggled to score runs. Gavaskar has scored 340 runs in 10 innings at this ground, including two half-centuries, while Tendulkar has never reached 50 in the nine Test innings he has played here.
Kohli would like to avoid any such record. The Indian captain has played four innings so far at Lord’s, in which he scored 65 runs and his highest score is 25 runs. Kohli was dismissed on the first ball in the lone innings of the first Test at Nottingham and will be looking to score a big total to give India a third win at Lord’s.
Pujara’s condition is like Kohli
Another reliable batsman of India, Cheteshwar Pujara’s story is also similar to that of Kohli. Pujara has not scored a Test century in the last 32 innings. Meanwhile, he has scored 857 runs at an average of 27.64. He has also played two matches at Lord’s in which he could only score 89 runs in four innings and his highest score is 43 runs.
In fact, except Ajinkya Rahane in the current Indian team, no other batsman has been able to score a century in Test matches at Lord’s. Rahane played a key role in India’s 95-run victory at this historic ground in 2014, scoring 103 in the first innings. India’s top six batsmen Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant will play Test matches for the first time at Lord’s while KL Rahul scored 18 runs in both innings in the only Test he played here in 2018.
By the way, in the name of India’s Dilip Vengsarkar, there is a record of scoring three consecutive centuries at Lord’s. He started with 107 runs at this ground in 1979 and then followed it up with 157 not out in 1982 and 126 not out in 1986. India won the Test match at Lord’s for the first time in 1986 on the basis of his brilliant innings. India has so far played a total of 18 Test matches at Lord’s in which they have won only two matches and lost 12 matches. The remaining four matches ended in draws.
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