Ace batter Virat Kohli posted a cryptic Instagram story following his failure with the bat in the World Test Championship (WTC) final against Australia at the Oval in London. Virat Kohli failed to deliver with the bat during India’s first innings on Day 2 of the Test match on Thursday, June 8.
The 34-year-old scored 14 runs off 31 balls before being dismissed by Australia pacer Mitchell Starc. The right-handed batter looked solid and played the shots with control throughout the innings. Kohli was surprised by an extra bounce as the batter edged the ball to Steve Smith.
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The Delhi-born cricketer came into the final match with a brilliant performance in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL). He was the sixth-leading run-getter in the tournament, scoring 639 runs with an average of 53.25 and a strike rate of 139.82. He hit two hundred and six half-centuries in the IPL 2023.
Virat Kohli took to Instagram to share a post after being trolled on social media for his poor performance with the bat in a crucial Test match.
“You must develop the ability to be disliked in order to free yourself from the prison of other peoples’ opinions,” Kohli mentioned in the post.
Virat Kohli’s Instagram story. pic.twitter.com/UaYDTcygGc
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) June 9, 2023
India Are On The Verge Of Follow-on
India were in trouble as they lost wickets in regular succession in their first innings. Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Virat got out for low scores as the team collapsed to 71/4. Ajinkya Rahane and Ravindra Jadeja added a crucial partnership of 71 runs for the fifth wicket.
Rohit and Shubman got out in two back-to-back overs for 15 and 13 runs, respectively. Cheteshwar Pujara failed to continue his form from the County Championship to international cricket. Pujara was bowled for 14 runs after leaving the ball in Australian all-rounder Cameron Green’s bowling.