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Run machine battle: Test century drought continues, Virat’s record in ODIs still better

Run machine battle: Test century drought continues, Virat's record in ODIs still better

New Delhi
Indian captain Virat Kohli’s drought of scoring a century in Test cricket, struggling with poor form, is still going on. Kohli, who has been battling poor form for more than a year and a half, last scored a Test century against Bangladesh in November 2019, averaging 24.64 in Tests since then. However, his performance in ODIs is slightly better and he averages 43.26.

Kohli, who could become the highest Test scorer in his career, is six steps away from Sachin Tendulkar’s 49 ODI hundreds. Kohli has scored three half-centuries in eight Tests since his last Test century in November 2019. Kohli had scored two half-centuries against England in Chennai. Apart from this, he scored a half-century in the Test match played against Australia in Adelaide.

Since November 2019, Kohli has scored 649 runs in 15 ODIs. Kohli has been a bit better in ODIs than in Tests and has scored eight fifties, but he has failed to score a Test century.

Former India batting coach Sanjay Bangar has said that the drought of a century will be on Kohli’s mind but he will recover from it. “Kohli is close to 7500 Test runs and this is a format where he can give everything comfortably,” Bangar told a channel. However, T20 is the only format in which Kohli has improved. Kohli has scored 709 runs in T20s at an average of 64.45 since his last century.

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