Virat Kohli’s run in 2018: Virat Kohli, the skipper of the Indian cricket team, is the batting mainstay for his team irrespective of the format that he plays in. ODIs, Tests, T20Is, you call it and you find Kohli stepping up for India. He has been regularly scoring 1000-plus runs in ODIs and Tests since 2016. However, in 2018, he took his form with the bat a notch higher. Here’s a detailed analysis of how King Kohli has scored in different formats of the game and against which oppositions this year.
India’s tour of South Africa 2018
Kohli started off the year by leading India in the series against South Africa. Though India lost the Test series 1-2, Kohli was the highest run-fetter in among batsmen from both sides. He scored 286 runs with a century to his name. He scored those runs at an average of 47 and a strike rate of 60.21. Thereafter, he led India in the limited-overs series which comprised of 6 ODIs and 3 T20Is (he missed the final T20I due to neck issue). Kohli again was at his best for his team scoring a high percentage of runs. He scored 558 runs in the ODI series at an average of 186 and a strike rate of nearly 100. Kohli played just two T20Is where he scored just 27. Thus, cumulatively, he ended the series with 871 runs at an average of 62.
In Melbourne, he scored a crucial 82 in the first innings and added a crucial 170-run partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara which helped India finish at a strong first innings score of 443. Unfortunately, he was dismissed for a duck in the second innings as was his teammate Cheteshwar Pujara in the same over from Pat Cummings. With 259 runs from 6 innings in Australia, Kohli is behind Pujara (328) in the top run-fetters list so far.
Kohli has anchored the Indian batting in all formats in recent times and this year he has made his own by scoring runs across all formats and against tough oppositions in his own merry way. There is no doubt that in ICC 2019 World Cup in England, Kohli will be India’s main man with the bat. If he continues the way he has been batting in 2018, 2019 will also see him score many more runs and make and break a plethora of records.
A look at Virat Kohli’s numbers in 2018 :
Tests: 1322* in 13* Tests
ODIs: 1202 in 14 ODIs
T20Is: 211 in 10 T20Is
Hundreds in 2018: Tests: 6* | ODIs: 6
The much-awaited India tour of Australia started with a three-match T20I series. Australia won the first game in Gabby. The second match in Melbourne was abandoned due to rain. The decider saw the Indian skipper at his absolute best as he as he scored a masterful 61* to help India draw the series. The Test series then started with the first Test in Adelaide. Kohli registered a total of 37 runs in the first two innings of the series as India won the first Test by 31 runs. Kohli then scored his first ton of the series in the second Test at Perth. He scored 123 off 257 balls but could not help his team win the Test match as Australia drew level in the series.