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Update 38 runs in 4 innings at 9.50 only! Ghosts of English summer return to haunt Kohli

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38 runs in 4 innings at 9.50. The numbers went flashing all over social media as Colin de Grandhomme got the ball to seam back into Virat Kohli at the Hagley Oval on day 2 of the second Test to trap the Indian skipper in front of the middle stump. Similar to the first innings dismissal by Tim Southee, and similar to Cape Town 2018 by Vernon Philander, yet again. Fortunately, he did not waste any review this time, as he walked back slowly, his head dipped in disappointment. The dismissal on 14 wrapped up Kohli's worst-ever numbers in a Test series. While disheartened fans could only highlight those aforementioned figures, analysts and veterans of the game drew comparisons with his horror tour of England in 2014. But what truly troubled Kohli throughout the four innings?

The 2014 tour to England was Kohli's first blip in his illustrious career. Just 134 odd runs in 10 innings at 13.40 an average and a highest score of 39 left the entire world thinking whether it was the end of Kohli's journey against the cheery red. The English pair of James Anderson and Stuart Broad together called the follies in Kohli's perfectly-developing game, bringing him down to a new low in world cricket. And it sparked a barren two years for the youngster against the swinging ball down the sixth/fifth stump line. According to CricViz, in 2014 and 2015, he averaged just 18.50 and 21.00 against away swing.

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