The wait goes on: No international ton for Virat Kohli for 2nd straight year
Kohli’s last hundred came against Bangladesh in the Kolkata Test in November 2019
In 2020 and 2021, Kohli managed to score two fifties
Kohli fell for 35 in the first innings and 18 in the second innings of the Centurion Test
India’s Test captain Virat Kohli, who recently lost his white-ball captaincy to Rohit Sharma, ended the year 2021 without scoring a century in international cricket as he departed for 18 off 32 in the second innings of the first Test at the SuperSport Park, Centurion against South Africa on Wednesday. It has been more than two years since Kohli last scored a Test hundred.
His last one – 136 – came against Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata in November 2019. In 2020 and 2021, Kohli could manage two fifties. In December 2020, during India’s tour of Australia Kohli scored 74 while in 2021 at The Oval he scored 50 against England.
At the Centurion Test, Kohli fell for 35 off 94 in the first innings as he fell to a Lungi Ngidi delivery. It was a soft dismissal as Kohli played a cheap shot. In the second innings, South Africa bowler Marco Jansen removed Kohli in the 33rd over as the batter's quest for his 71st ton continued. Coming to the game, South Africa pegged back India in the first session on Day 4 of the first Test match as India were bowled out for 174, setting a 305-run target for the hosts.
Jansen and Rabada took four wickets each while Ngidi got two scalps.
On Tuesday, India lost Mayank Agarwal at the cusp of the stumps but the visitors still ended Day three of the first Test in the driver's seat. India had bundled out South Africa for 197 in the third session before the hosts lost Mayank's wicket minutes before the end of the play.
Mohammed Shami took a five-wicket haul on Day 3 and also completed 200 wickets in the longest format of the game.
In the first innings, India scored 327 after KL Rahul played a 123 runs innings.