Virat Kohli is one of the finest cricketers in the world. Not only he stands in the front line when one talks about the best batsmen, but he is also considered to be one of the best fielders. But lately, this statement does not seem to be true. Indian skipper, Virat Kohli had expressed his unhappiness over the body language of his players after the third T20I match played against England. In the second half of this match, the players did not appear to be displaying the best of movements. This is what was expressed by Kohli too. But experts and fans would agree that he was also a part of the problem.
JOS BAUTTLER’S MISSED CATCH
Kohli was known for pulling off amazing catches. He was one of the most agile players on the ground who did not let catches go by him. But in the previous match, Kohli could not do much in fielding. He even dropped the easiest of catching opportunities. Now that experts look at it, they see a pattern. This series of missing catches started in December of 2020 when Kohli could not do anything about Matthew Wade when India was playing against Australia. This catch had to be one of the easiest catching opportunities and Kohli had missed it.
History repeated itself on Tuesday when Kohli put down a chance of one of the simplest of Jos Buttler. It was a great opportunity as this catch would have put India in a stronger position against England. Jos was playing at 76 when the opportunity presented itself but sadly, Kohli could not take advantage of it.
Yuzvendra Chahal was bowling and Buttler had reverse-swept him. Kohli was at the backward point. He moved quickly to his right showing the agility that he is known for but failed to hold on to it.
KOHLI TOPS THE LIST OF CATCH-DROPPERS
With this dropped catch Kohli completed the tally of 6 easiest missed catches since 2019.
This record holds huge importance because it is the most by a fielder from a Test-playing nation. Now Indian Skipper has moved surpassed Chris Jordan’s score of five dropped catches.
Steve Smith of Australia stands at No. 3 in this list of catch-droppers along with Yuzvendra Chahal. Both the players have dropped four catches.
And if we talk about successful catches, Kohli is not doing great in this area as well. He is the second last in the list with 9 catches, right above his teammate Chahal who has only two. Chris Jordan leads this tally with 15 successful catches, followed by Steve Smith who has 11 catches to his credit.
DROPS CONTINUE IN IPL
Kohli has not been superb with catches but the skipper hit his lowest during IPL 2020 in September. Kohli who was the captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore dropped KL Rahul’s catch twice playing against Kings XI Punjab. RCB had to pay for this mistake as Rahul went on to make a century in that match.