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Virat Kohli vs Tim Southee: Battle royale set for WTC final

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Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli is one of the best batsmen in the world. The maestro has amassed runs across formats, winning games single-handedly for the country with his willow. 

Kohli’s next challenge will come in the form of red ball cricket as team India takes on New Zealand in the World Test Championship (WTC) final in Southampton from June 18 to 22. 

As the master batsman gets ready to take on the formidable Kiwi pace attack, he needs to be wary of Tim Southee’s threat. The New Zealand pacer is the only bowler in international cricket to dismiss Virat Kohli 10 times across formats till now.

Tim Southee is the bowler who has dismissed Virat Kohli the most in international cricket. The Kiwi has nailed the Indian thrice in Tests, six times in ODIs and once in T20Is.

Ahead of the action in Southampton, here’s a quick recap of how Virat Kohli vs Tim Southee has unravelled in the last nine years. 

First Dismissal: India v New Zealand sixth ODI in Dambulla (2010)

Caught by wicket-keeper Gareth Hopkins: 8 (16b) 4x1

Batting on eight, Southee hit a good length outside off which forced Kohli to push away from the body and catch a faint edge, resulting in his wicket. 

Second Dismissal: India v New Zealand second Test in Bangalore (2012)

Leg before wicket: 103 (194b) 14x4, 1x6

Despite batting on 103, Kohli misjudged to shoulder an incoming length delivery that cut back to be trapped plumb in front of the wickets. This was their first meeting in Test cricket. 

Third Dismissal: New Zealand v India second ODI in Hamilton (2014) 

Caught by Anton Devcich: 78 (65b) 7x4, 2x6

Batting on 78, Kohli played a horizontal shot to Southee’s short delivery. Aimed for the midwicket region, the ball instead found the fielder at long on. 

Fourth Dismissal: New Zealand v India fourth ODI in Hamilton (2014) 

Caught by Jimmy Neesham: 2 (10b)

Batting on two, Kohli tried to pull a short ball from Southee but could only top-edge it to the fielder at short mid-wicket. 

Fifth Dismissal: New Zealand v India first Test in Auckland (2014) 

Caught by Peter Fulton: 4 (13b) 1x4

Batting on four, Southee surprised Kohli with a quick short ball, which rose to a very uncomfortable length. The delivery got the batsman’s glove before Peter Fulton caught a dolly in the slip cordon.

Sixth Dismissal: India v New Zealand first ODI in Mumbai (2017) 

Caught by Trent Boult: 121 (125b) 9x4, 2x6

Batting on 121, Kohli tried slogging Southee deep into the stands in the final overs of the innings. In the process, a tired shot couldn’t clear the fielder at long on.

Seventh Dismissal: India v New Zealand third ODI in Kanpur (2017) 

Caught by Kane Williamson: 113 (106b) 9x4, 1x6

Batting on 113, Kohli tried to loft a slower delivery from Southee, but couldn’t get it over the fielder at mid off. 

Eight Dismissal: New Zealand v India second T20I in Auckland (2019)

Caught by wicket-keeper Tim Seifert: 11 (12b) 1x4

Unfortunate mode of dismissal. Batting on 11, Kohli tried to glance a leg stump half-volley from Southee to fine leg, but could only manage a faint edge which was pouched by the keeper behind the stumps. 

Ninth Dismissal: New Zealand v India second ODI in Auckland (2020) 

Bowled: 15 (25b) 1x4

Batting on 15, Kohli plays across the line to Southee’s ball holding its line. In the end, the skipper was cleaned up by the Kiwi seamer.

Tenth Dismissal: New Zealand v India second Test in Christchurch (2020) 

Leg before wicket: 3 (15b)

Batting on three, Kohli was once again nailed by Southee in front of the stumps. The in-dipper completely beat the Indian captain’s inside edge on the drive.

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Featured photo: PETER PARKS / AFP



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