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Stats: Inconsistent Kohli has not had the best year

November 16, 2017 21:46 IST

India had a disastrous start on a rain-affected opening day of the 1st Test vs Sri Lanka. Here are the statistical highlights from the day's play at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday.

India cricket captain Virat Kohli reacts after his dismissal during the first day of the 1st cricket test match against Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday

IMAGE: India cricket captain Virat Kohli reacts after his dismissal during the first day of the 1st cricket test match against Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday. Photograph: Ashok Bhaumik/PTI

# Virat Kohli has posted his sixth duck in Tests – his last duck was against Australia this year in February in Pune.

 

These two ducks are his only ones as India's captain.

# Since posting 204 vs Bangladesh at Hyderabad in February this year, Kohli's performance in Tests has not been consistent at all. In 11 innings since then, his only fifty-plus innings being 103 not out vs Sri Lanka at Galle in July.

# Kohli has been averaging 40.81 in Tests this year -- his tally being 449 in eight Tests, including two hundreds. The said performance is his worst in Tests since 2012.

# As against his overall Test average of 49.03, Kohli averages 39.40 vs Sri Lanka -- his tally against Sri Lanka being 394 in seven Tests, including two hundreds and a fifty.

# Suranga Lakmal has dismissed a player off the first ball of a Test match for the second time. He had first captured a wicket off the first ball vs West Indies – the batsmen being Chris Gayle at Kandy in December 2010. By dismissing India's KL Rahul off the first ball of a Test match at EdenGardens, Kolkata, he became the first Sri Lankan bowler to achieve the distinction. No other Sri Lankan bowler has achieved the distinction even once in Tests.

# Lakmal has produced exceptional figures of 6-6-0-3 in his maiden Test innings vs India. Australia's Richie Benaud had recorded excellent bowling figures of 3.4-3-0-3 in India's first innings score of 135 at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi in December 1959. Benaud and Lakmal are the only two bowlers, to capture three wickets in an innings without conceding a run in a Test innings. Both have registered the feat against India in India.

# Rahul has registered his second duck in Tests – his first was against England last year at Visakhapatnam – both in the first match innings.

# Rahul became the sixth Indian batsmen to be dismissed off the first ball of a Test match -- the first five being Sunil Gavaskar (three times), Sudhir Naik, Woorkeri Raman, Shiv Sunder Das and Wasim Jaffer.

# Before his first-ball duck, Rahul had scored seven consecutive fifty-plus innings in Tests. He had emulated the feats of Everton Weekes, Andy Flower, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kumar Sangakkara and Chris Rogers.

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