Virat Kohli lost his cool after a soft dismissal on Day 4 of the fourth Test match against England at the Oval. The Indian skipper, who scored a fluent 44 off 96 balls, was seen smashing the dressing room door after his innings came to an end.
The conditions were overcast, helpful for the bowlers, in the first session on Sunday. Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja (17) had to recover from the late blows India faced at the end of Day 3. India at 270/3, lead England by 171 runs. Even with the English pacers swinging the ball both sides, Kohli played two gorgeous cover drives – an indication that he was set.
However, in the110th over of the Indian innings, England’s lone full-time spinner Moeen Ali got one delivery to drift away and get the outside edge of Kohli. The ball carried to Craig Overton at slip and the Indian captain perished.
He was disappointed. As soon as Kohli reached the dressing room, the 32-year-old was seen smashing the door with his bat.
The Indian skipper is now 53 innings without a century. His last three-figure score came against Bangladesh in 2019. Kohli has averaged 26.80 in Test matches since 2020, a figure much lower than his career average.
At 329/6, India secured a 230-run lead against the home team at Lunch. Rishabh Pant and Shardul Thakur continued post the break to stitch a 50-run stand and take the lead past 250 runs. India lost Ajinkya Rahane for a duck. On Day 3, opener Rohit Sharma scored a spectacular century, his first away from home and eighth overall, staving off the early threat from the English bowlers to play his classy shots later in the innings. He defended stoutly and left deliveries well, allowing him to settle down and score for fun once the new ball wore off.