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Which Virat Kohli will turn up for the 2017-18 Season?

Which Virat Kohli will turn up for the 2017-18 Season?
June 01
06:31 2017

Score 63-4. Dhoni has just been dismissed. The original target of 351, now reads 288 off 229. Kohli is batting on 27*. India’s trio of all-rounders, relatively unfancied, to follow. Kohli scores his 17th hundred in a run-chase, but the hero of the day is Kedar Jadhav whose prominence in the 200-run stand with the skipper took the game away from the opposition.

Kohli, the batsman, extends his incredible record of successful hundreds in run-chases to 17, but Kohli the captain (leading in only his 18th ODI) found a bankable lower-middle order batsman; the latter more critical as there arer only two more games to play before India defends its Champions Trophy title in England later in the year.

1st Test, India vs Australia, Pune, 23-25 February 2017

An extraordinarily dry surface greets the opening contest of the big ticket series. India dismiss Australia for 260 after losing the toss. Kohli walks in to bat at 44-2. Two balls later, he is back in the pavilion, falling to the juicy drive-inducing length from Mitchell Starc.

India folds for 105, conceding a sizeable, potentially match-winning lead to the visitors. Kohli’s opposite number, Steve Smith, scores a special hundred in the 3rd innings on a precarious pitch and an attack comprising of Jadeja and Ashwin.

India offer no resistance with the bat in the second innings as well and India lose its first test match of the season. Skipper Kohli has lost only his 3rd test match, and a first after 18 months. India fight back in the second test and level the series.

The top order batsman is injured while fielding in the 3rd test (which is drawn) and misses out of the final, series-deciding test. India reclaims the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at Dharmasala and the long, successful home season concludes (Matches – 13, Won – 10, Draws – 2, Loss – 1). Kohli’s tally for the series is just 46 runs in 5 innings

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