NEW DELHI: While there’s little doubt over the influence Virat Kohli has on the Indian cricket team, for the first time in years the Indian captain is seeing a slump in his batting form. For a man who looked simply unstoppable until a couple of years ago, his fortunes with the bat have nosedived quite inexplicably.
The world’s premier batsman, who piled up hundreds at will, has not scored one across the three formats for 50 innings and his latest bout of failure came in the first hour of the third Test at Headingley on Wednesday when he was dismissed for seven by his bete noire James Anderson.
Not just Indian cricket fans and experts, social media too is growing impatient with each failure by Kohli and is abuzz with memes and jokes around his batting form.
Kohli had the mic for longer duration than he had the bat. #Kohli #INDvENG https://t.co/YgBK4TeD3D
— Âhmâd OFFicial (@hmdOFFicial2) 1629891358000
Virat Kohli comes on strike😂Le James Anderson to entire England bowling lineup 😂😂 https://t.co/8cALsZLXc1
— Yash Bhanushali (@Yash530954) 1629936084000
Kohli’s contribution in Indian victories
India’s team players right now#Kohli #BabarAzam #babar https://t.co/pQo8MH2mAZ
— Shah Sahb (@ShahSahb00) 1629892843000
India’s best batsman in this tour with Virat Kohli #INDvENG #ENGvIND https://t.co/DeyFv3EWeg
— مجاہد عباس (ایامِ عزاء) (@MujahidAbbasta1) 1629948690000
A pale shadow of his former self
#Kohli On Social media On ground https://t.co/iyhI7VA3GC
— नवनीत👀 (@Na7neet) 1629901384000
If Virat Kohli doesn’t make runs, we criticize Kohli.If Modi Ji’s Masterstrokes fail, we criticize the Opposition.
— Narundar (@NarundarM) 1629906215000
Time to take some inspiration
After seeing batsman like Hameed and Burns have also scored 50 but Kohli is still struggling #Kohli https://t.co/HxMHT4T2MM
— Rohit (@SomewhereNowhe8) 1629915820000
Dear Virat Kohli , Please watch this before every match . #INDvENG #ViratKohli https://t.co/diBygD1uPG
— Omkar (@omkarasm_) 1629910733000
‘Not just Kohli’
Kohli Rahane and Pujara Indian middle order is like #indveng #IndvsEng #Pujara #Kohli https://t.co/UUqb6l8vCS
— meme ka adda (@cricketmemes16) 1629900052000
#INDvENG #ENGvIND Rahane after scoring more runs than Kohli & Pujara : https://t.co/NLTll19rCq
— Varad Ralegaonkar (@varadr_tistic) 1629892993000
Form or nor form, Kohli is a legend
Virat kohli struggling to get 71 th century Other batsman-#Kohli https://t.co/Ip69Ukzqwd
— JAIRAM JAT (@JAIRAMJAT17) 1629962051000