Indian Test captain Virat Kohli on Saturday got out hit-wicket on the fourth day of the first Test match against England. While playing a shot of Adil Rashid’s bowling, he didn’t realise that his left foot had brushed the stumps. Kohli kept on looking at the stumps in disbelief the way he got out. He had scored 40 runs.
The last time an Indian batsman had got out like this was in 2002. VVS Laxman had got at St John’s against West Indies. Laxman was playing superbly at 130 runs when the tragedy happened. He was playing Marvin Dillion. Laxman accidently brushed the wicket with his right leg and was distraught after he got out. Watch the video.
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So far, 22 Indian batsmen have been out this way. Mohinder Amarnath had got out three times this way. His father Lala Amarnath had got out once. 8 times Indian batsmen got out hit wicket against West Indies. 5 times against England and 5 times against Australia. This was the 9th time that an Indian batsman has got out hit-wicket in India.
England had made 537 runs in the first innings. India in reply were superb at the start with Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay getting a hundred each. Both the batsmen got out on Day 3. India’s start was not very good on Day 4 with Ajinkya Rahane getting out at 13 runs. Virat Kohli was playing beautifully when he got out at 40 runs in this unfortunate way. R Ashwin and Wriddhiman Saha steadied the Indian ship as they took the Indian score cross 400 at lunch. Later, Saha also got out.