A barren run of two-plus years is something noteworthy. Kohli's average in both Tests and ODIs have dropped during this phase.

When Virat Kohli was going gaga in both Tests and ODIs, scoring runs at will and slamming centuries in a consistent manner; one hoped he would soon go on to match the legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s tally in this regard. Kohli had created the aura in such a nature where anything was imaginable. 

Kohli smashed a century in the Day/Night Test at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata in November 2019. It was a glorious effort in a historic Test. Come January 2022, Kohli is yet to score a century across formats. 

A barren run of two-plus years is something noteworthy. Kohli’s average in both Tests and ODIs have dropped during this phase. Recently, Kohli stepped down as India’s Test captain, and many pundits felt it would help him concentrate on his batting. Kohli was also stripped of his ODI captaincy prior to that. 

So one felt that the ongoing ODI series against South Africa might see Kohli be a match-winner and finally break the long-awaited barren run. But sadly, Kohli faltered with two loose shots, scoring 51 and 0 as Team India lost the series with one match to go.

In the first ODI, Kohli was going well, but he was too early on his sweep shot and got a leading edge. Spin once again hampered him in the second ODI as he faltered for a five-ball duck, trying to go the aerial route over cover. India needed Kohli’s solidity in the middle, but somehow this didn’t come.

We analyzed Kohli’s barren run since the century at Eden Gardens in November 2019.

ODI cricket

Since November 25, 2019, Kohli has played 17 ODI matches, scoring 700 runs during this phase at an average of 41.17. He has smashed nine fifties with the best score of 89. However, he doesn’t have a century to showcase. 

Interestingly before his last century in cricket across formats, he scored a staggering 11,520 runs in ODIs at 60.31. He smashed 43 centuries and 54 fifties.

Kohli, who averages 58.75 in ODIs, has seen a drop of 1.56 in his average during this phase. Interestingly, his last ODI century was in August 2019 versus the West Indies in Port of Spain (114*). That was the last ODI he played before the Kolkata Test against Bangladesh.

Test cricket

Since November 25, 2019, Kohli has played 15 Test matches (27 innings), scoring just 760 runs during this phase at an average of 28.14. He has smashed six fifties with the best score of 79. His tally also includes four ducks. 

Interestingly before his last century in cricket across formats, he scored a staggering 7,202 runs in Tests at 54.97. He smashed 27 centuries and 22 fifties.

Kohli, who averages 50.39 in Tests, has seen a drop of 4.58 in his average during this phase. This is a massive drop as Kohli could see his average drop below 50 in India’s next series if the current run continues.

However, despite not scoring a century in T20Is ever, his tally in the format remains strong even during this phase where he hasn’t scored a ton either in ODIs or Tests. India need Kohli to find himself with the bat, and a century is overdue. 

He has 70 international tons (third-highest) and needs 31 more to overcome Sachin, who smashed 100 centuries. Now, this feat looks unlikely ever to be broken. Kohli needs to concentrate on his batting and find his zone in order to gain back the level we all know he is capable of.

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