In yet another surprising turn of events, Virat Kohli faced a rare setback in the third T20I against Afghanistan, recording his first-ever golden duck in T20 Internationals. The match, held at Bengaluru’s M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, witnessed the iconic Indian batsman faltering at his home ground, representing a notable departure from his usual stellar performances.
Entering the match with just six runs needed to reach the milestone of 12,000 T20 runs, Kohli took the crease after the early dismissal of opener Yashasvi Jaiswal. However, his stay at the crease was abruptly cut short by Afghanistan’s Ibrahim Zadran, who dismissed Kohli on the very next delivery.
This rare failure for Kohli marked not only his first T20I golden duck but also the 35th duck across all international formats. Despite the unexpected setback, Kohli managed to etch his name in the record books by surpassing cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar in the unwanted statistic of most ducks by a premier Indian batter.
Sachin Tendulkar had previously held the record with 34 ducks in international cricket. The unfortunate golden duck for Kohli highlights the unpredictable nature of the sport, with fans and cricket enthusiasts taking to social media platforms, especially Twitter, to express their surprise and reactions to the unexpected turn of events.
Here is the video of the dismissal of Virat Kohli:
— Travis Head (@TravisHead8441) January 17, 2024
While this momentary setback may be a rarity in Kohli’s illustrious career, it adds another layer to the dynamic and unpredictable nature of T20 cricket. This historic moment for Virat Kohli, though not the kind he would have wished for, underscores the challenges and uncertainties that even the most accomplished players face in the fast-paced and exciting format of T20 cricket.
As the match unfolded, the cricket community eagerly watched to see how the remaining proceedings would unfold, with Kohli’s unexpected golden duck becoming a major talking point across various platforms.
— Babar Azam’s World (@Babrazam358) January 17, 2024
Whole universe knows kon hai goat 👀🤧 only Virat Kohli
— Butterfly 🦋🦋 (@kya_butterfly_h) January 17, 2024
Today For 1st time :-
– Virat Kohli Scored Golden Duck in T20I Format……!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/FK30AUczN6
— Jay Cricket. (@Jay_Cricket18) January 17, 2024
Virat Kohli today for the first time have got out on golden duck in T20I Internationals career.💔🥺 pic.twitter.com/BCpvZwRWHf
— Sumant Viratian (@ViratianSumant) January 17, 2024