IND v SA: On Day 1 of the third Test between India and South Africa in Cape Town on Tuesday, Virat Kohli’s six off Kagiso Rabada has been a major talking point. Kohli hit Rabada for a six in the 41st over of India’s innings, giving them their first maximum of the match. However, at about 6 p.m., an astounding statistic surfaced on Twitter that many people couldn’t believe.
Kohli’s fifth six in Tests in the last three years – since 2019 – according to renowned statistician Mohandas Menon’s tweet. Kohli hasn’t hit as many big and quick runs as he previously did, but there have been plenty of half-centuries.
Despite this, he hasn’t hit many sixes with his bat. Kohli’s five sixes contrast sharply with the Indian batting three of Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, and Rishabh Pant, who have cleared the ropes 31, 25, and 18 times, respectively.
In fact, Umesh Yadav is ahead of his captain Kohli in terms of the number of sixes he has struck. Menon responded to a fan’s comment by saying that Umesh has blasted 11 sixes off significantly fewer deliveries. He tweeted, “Umesh 11 sixes in 155 balls, Kohli 5 in 2568 balls.”
While Kohli has lacked sixes, the India Test captain has racked up plenty of boundaries. Kohli has smashed 936 boundaries in international cricket – the most by any batter – during the last five years, according to a tweet posted by Menon in November of last year. Rohit Sharma, India’s limited-overs skipper, leads the sixes chart with 261 maximums.
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