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Ind vs AFG 2024 : Virat Kohli's Maiden Golden Duck in T20Is

In the 2024 match between India and Afghanistan (Ind vs AFG 2024), Virat Kohli faced a disappointing start as he was out for a golden duck, marking his first ever dismissal without scoring in T20 Internationals.

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By Mystic Vivan
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Virat Kohli's Maiden Golden Duck in T20Is

n the third T20I match between India and Afghanistan in Bengaluru, Virat Kohli, the prolific Indian cricketer, achieved a rather forgettable milestone - his first-ever golden duck in T20 International (T20I) cricket. This unexpected dismissal came as a surprise to cricket enthusiasts around the world, given Kohli's impressive records and his reputation as one of India's all-time greats. 

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Kohli's Unfortunate Dismissal

Yashasvi Jaiswal, Kohli's opening partner, departed early after scoring just four runs, which brought Kohli to the crease. Eager to make an impact, Kohli attempted an aggressive shot but ended up slicing the ball to mid-off. Mohammad Nabi comfortably collected the catch, leading to Fareed Ahmed's jubilant celebration of dismissing the legendary Indian batsman. This dismissal marked Kohli's fifth duck in T20Is but his first on the very first ball he faced.

Golden Ducks in Kohli's Career

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Throughout his remarkable career, Kohli has encountered the unfortunate fate of being dismissed for a golden duck on several occasions. In total, he has suffered eight golden ducks, with five occurring in Test matches and three in One Day Internationals (ODIs). In Test cricket, he was dismissed without scoring against Australia in 2011, England in 2014, 2018, and 2021, and West Indies in 2019. In ODIs, his golden ducks came against West Indies in 2011 and 2019, and England in 2013.

Kohli's Duck Record

In addition to his golden ducks, Kohli has been dismissed for a duck a total of 35 times across all formats of the game. Out of these, 14 were in Test matches, 16 in ODIs, and now five in T20Is. Kohli's ability to bounce back from such setbacks and consistently perform at the highest level is a testament to his mental resilience and determination.

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Kohli's Return to T20Is

Kohli's participation in the T20I series against Afghanistan marks his return to the shortest format of the game after being absent since November 2022 during the T20 World Cup. In his first match back, played in Indore, Kohli managed to score 29 runs from 16 balls, showcasing his class and skill. However, his subsequent golden duck in the third T20I against Afghanistan served as a stark reminder of the unpredictability of cricket.

India's Dominance and Line-Up Changes

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With the series against Afghanistan already secured, India opted to bat first in the third T20I match. Sanju Samson, Avesh Khan, and Kuldeep Yadav were included in the playing XI, replacing Jitesh Sharma, Axar Patel, and Arshdeep Singh. These changes aimed to provide opportunities to other talented players and maintain a strong team dynamic.

Conclusion

Virat Kohli's maiden golden duck in T20Is may have been a disappointing moment for the Indian cricket superstar, but it serves as a reminder that even the best players can face unexpected setbacks. Kohli's incredible career is defined by his ability to overcome challenges and bounce back stronger. As he continues his journey in international cricket, fans eagerly await his next innings, hoping for more records and memorable performances from this modern-day cricket legend.

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