T20 World Cup 2024
Virat Kohli Faces Netizens’ Criticism After Duck Against Australia
By CricShots - Jun 24, 2024 8:27 pm
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In a crucial Super Eight clash of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, India’s star batter Virat Kohli was dismissed for a five-ball duck after Australia won the toss and chose to bowl first. The early breakthrough came from Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood, who managed to outfox Kohli with a sharp bouncer in his first over.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli failed to do much

Hazlewood bowled a short, quick delivery with extra bounce, which caught Virat Kohli off guard. Attempting a pull shot, Kohli could only manage a top edge that flew towards wide mid-on. Tim David, showcasing excellent athleticism, sprinted back from inside the circle for 25 meters to take a well-judged catch. This sent Kohli back to the pavilion without scoring, having faced just five balls.

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With this dismissal, Virat Kohli became the second Indian cricketer to register two ducks in a single edition of the T20 World Cup. Earlier in the tournament, Kohli had been dismissed for a golden duck against the United States of America. The only other Indian batter to achieve this unwanted record in a T20 World Cup edition is Ashish Nehra, who did so in 2010.

Virat Kohli’s early exit continued his struggles in the tournament, where his performance as an opener has not met expectations. This failure added pressure on the Indian batting lineup to post a competitive total in a match that holds significant stakes for both teams.

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Australia entered this game needing a victory to keep their semifinal hopes alive after a surprising defeat to Afghanistan. They started the game with high intensity, keenly aware of the importance of this match. For India, securing a win was crucial to guaranteeing their spot in the semifinals.

The early dismissal of Virat Kohli added an extra layer of drama to the contest, underscoring the high stakes involved. Both teams are fighting for their place in the next stage of the tournament, promising an intense and thrilling match at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium.

Here is how the netizens reacted to the dismissal of Virat Kohli: