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MS Dhoni backed Virat Kohli during the 2011-12 Australia tour, says Sanjay Majrekar

By Bet Barter

December 15, 2020

Virat Kohli is the only cricketer to accumulate 20,000 international runs in the last ten years. The 32-year-old has advanced to become one of the best all-format batsmen. Team India's hopes are wedge on Kohli for the upcoming Day-Night Test at Adelaide. However, Kohli and the iconic South Australian venue incident in 2011-12 is something that the fans will never forget. 

Virat got 11 and 0 in Melbourne. The New Year's Sydney Test match is very well known for his controversial gesture towards the audience. Virat didn't do anything of note with the bat. He only managed 23 and 9, respectively. The Indian side was 0-2 down with Kohli scoring only 43 runs from his four innings. During that incident, Sanjay Manjrekar basely tweeted something that Twitter users will not let him forget too easily.

Despite the great performers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane, the then-Indian skipper MS Dhoni backed Kohli for the Perth Test. India lost the Test, but Kohli was good enough, scoring 44 and 75 respectively.

The team management retained Kohli for the Adelaide Test. He then hit a stroke-filled 116. However, Kohli's maiden Test century could not prevent a 0-4 defeat. The Delhi based managed to prove that he belonged to such big leagues. Virat then hit a purple patch that is still lasting across all the formats. Manjrekar recently revealed that Kohli was on the edge of being dropped from the team after failing in the tour.

Virat Kohli' stats and records at Adelaide

In the next tour, Virat Kohli lit up the Adelaide Test with two back to back centuries. It was his first Test match as a captain and his side created history by winning it. Later that year he also smashed a World Cup century at the same venue against Pakistan.

He has played three Tests at Adelaide. In these matches, Kohli has scored 431 runs at 71.83 and three hundred. He has also scored 244 runs from four ODIs at the venue which includes two hundred. Talking about the T20I that he has played at the venue; the batsman has an unbeaten 90 from 55 balls. In the 2018-19 tour of Australia, it was Cheteshwar Pujara's century that paved the way for India's victory.

The first pink-ball Day-Night Test between India and Australia will kick-off on December 17. The visitors have won their previous encounter in Adelaide. On the other hand, Australia has also won all the four pink-ball Tests that they have played at Adelaide.

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