ICC WTC Final: Will Virat Kohli end his century drought on international cricket’s biggest stage?

ICC WTC Final: Will Virat Kohli end his century drought on international cricket’s biggest stage?
ICC WTC Final: Will Virat Kohli end his century drought on international cricket’s biggest stage?

ICC WTC Final: Will Virat Kohli end his century drought on international cricket’s biggest stage? – It has been 569 days since India skipper Virat Kohli last scored a century. But when India take on Kane Williamson’s New Zealand at the ICC WTC Final beginning June 18, his century could make all the difference. As Kohli strives under pressure and on big occasions, will he end his century drought and score a ton on international cricket’s biggest stage?

The last time Virat Kohli scored a ton was back in November 2019 against Bangladesh in the Day-Night pink-ball Test at the Eden Gardens. Since then, he has scored 1,646 runs in 40 matches across all formats at an average of 43.31 but without scoring a ton. His highest score remains 94 not out since then.

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Virat Kohli’s century drought

Virat and his love affair with the international century is well known to everyone. The Indian talisman has scored 70 centuries in international cricket—27 in Test cricket and 43 in One Day Internationals (ODIs). At the age of 32, he is one of the greatest batsmen in the entire world. However, he has failed to score a ton in international cricket since November 2019. Yes, that’s right. Virat Kohli has not scored a century in the last two years. 

Team India depended on Virat Kohli

Team India need Virat Kohli to get back in ton-scoring form for the ICC WTC final as they will be up against a quality bowling side from new Zealand led by Tim Southee and Trent Boult. He is the best batsman in the team and has done well in England in red-ball cricket. He was the top scorer for India in the last tour in 2018. 

If the openers — Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill — struggle in the swinging conditions, Virat Kohli will need to put together a good stand with Cheteshwar Pujara or Ajinkya Rahane to challenge Kane Williamson’s New Zealand. Virat at No 4 is that glue that keeps the entire batting lineup together. 

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Virat in Test cricket since the last century 

Even though a century has not stopped Virat Kohli to make runs in international cricket, his form in Test has definitely dipped in the last two years. He is averaging just 24 in Test which is way less than his career average of 52.38. Against New Zealand, his average in the last two years is 19.81 which includes a whitewash in Kiwi land. 

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Virat Kohli to score a century in WTC Final?

Test Cricket is regarded as the greatest format in the game of cricket and the World Test Championship is like the ultimate finale of Test cricket. There can’t be a bigger stage than this. If Virat Kohli could break his century drought in the WTC final then no one could stop Team India from being the first-ever champions in the longest format of the game.

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