Indian skipper Virat Kohli has once again fallen to his old problem of failing in title round. Virat Kohli fell for 5 in 2017 Champions Trophy final against Pakistan. India have been asked to chase a stiff target of 339 but began poorly by losing Rohit Sharma and skipper Kohli. The Indian skipper had got a reprieve when he was dropped in the slips, but next ball, he edged it to point to Shadab Khan off Mohammad Amir’s bowling.
Checking the history of Kohli’s performance in ODI tournament finals will reveal that he has had a poor record with the bat in the title round. He averages just 22.00 in 8 innings with a highest score of 43 in tournament finals. He is yet to hit a fifty in a tournament final. However, India have won 5, lost 2 out of seven 50-overs tournament finals Kohli has been part of (Excluding the 2017 Champions Trophy final).
Overall, Kohli’s performance in knockout matches in ODIs is not much to boast of. In 14 ODI innings in knockout matches, Kohli averages just 39.16 with only two fifties. If one leaves out Kohli’s 96* against Bangladesh in 2017 Champions Trophy semi-finals, Kohli’s average drops to 19.39 in knockout matches.
However, in preliminary matches in ODI tournaments, Kohli averages 54.97 in 55 innings, better than his career batting average of 54.14, with 8 tons and 11 fifties.
Here’s Kohli’s stats in ODI tournament knockouts: