Virat Kohli, the backbone of Indian batting, has looked off-colour in the ongoing five-match Test series in England. Kohli has struggled with the bat in the entire series with scores of 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0 and 7 from four Tests. (Match Report | Highlights | Scorecard | Pics)
Kohli, in a losing cause in ten Tests, is averaging 27.70 - his tally being 554 in twenty innings, including a hundred and two fifties. He has so far scored six hundreds and nine fifties in 28 Tests. (Also Read: Michael Vaughan Slams 'Pathetic' India After Manchester Rout)
Even during the two tour matches prior to the start of the series, the 25-year-old managed to get starts but failed to convert them into big knocks. He scored 29 against Leicestershire in the first warm-up, while he hit 36 versus Derbyshire in the second.
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar said that every cricketer goes through lean phases in their careers but those hardly last long. "Kohli is too good a player. But like all good players go through a lean patch, maybe this is a lean patch for him," Gavaskar told NDTV.
Gavaskar also has a piece of advice for the Indian vice-captain. "I think all he (Kohli) has got to do is have a little bit of discipline, have a little bit of patience. By discipline, I mean having the discipline of avoiding certain shots and have a lot of patience," Gavaskar said.
Other statistical highlights of the Old Trafford Test:
# England's magnificent triumph by an innings & 54 runs is their twelfth by an innings margin over India - their second at Old Trafford, the first being by an innings and 207 runs in 1952.
# India have never won a Test match at Old Trafford, losing four and drawing the remaining five.
# England have won 42, lost 21 and drawn 48 out of 111 Tests played against India - winning % 37.83. (Read: Didn't Think We Could Beat India Inside Three Days, Says Alastair Cook)
# England, after gaining a 200-run lead in the first innings, have never lost a Test, winning 129 and drawing 37.
# India have lost a Test within three days 14 times, including six times in England. Before the Old Trafford Test, the Test lost by India within three days was against Australia at Perth by an innings and 37 runs in January 2012.
# Under Dhoni's captaincy, India have won 27, lost 16 and drawn 14 out of 57 contested - winning % 47.36. Only under Nawab of Pataudi's captaincy, India have lost more Tests - 9 wins, 19 losses and twelve drawn games out of 40 contested - winning % 22.50. India have now lost 12 and drawn five of their last 18 away Tests. (Also Read: India's Away Record Becomes Worse)
# Stuart Broad's second Man of the Match award against India is his seventh in Tests - all seven in England.
# Broad has captured 138 wickets at 22.13 runs apiece in 31 Tests in a winning cause. His tally includes seven instances of five wickets or more in an innings. (Read: England Upbeat Over Stuart Broad's Fitness Despite Broken Nose)
# Jos Buttler (70 off 130 balls) has posted his second fifty in succession - his first being (85) on Test debut vs India at Southampton.
# Jos Buttler and Joe Root were involved in a stand of 134 - England's highest seventh-wicket partnership vs India at Old Trafford, eclipsing the 52 between Geoff Miller and Derek Pringle in 1982.
# England's highest seventh-wicket stand at Old Trafford in Tests is 142 between John Emburey and Jack Russell vs Australia in 1989.
# The seventh-wicket partnership record at Old Trafford is held by an Indian pair - 160 (unbroken) between Sachin Tendulkar and Manoj Prabhakar in 1990.
# Overall, five century stands have been recorded for the seventh wicket - four for England at Old Trafford.
# Joe Root (77 off 161 balls) has registered his seventh fifty in Tests - his fourth against India.
# Root has recorded his first innings of fifty-plus at Old Trafford in Tests.
# Root has managed 369 runs at an average of 73.80 in four Tests, including a hundred and three fifties - his best performance in a Test series, obliterating the 339 (ave.37.66), including a hundred and a fifty in five Tests vs Australia in 2013.
# Pankaj Singh took 69.2 overs to get his first Test wicket - his victim being Joe Root.
# Ravichandran Ashwin has gone wicketless four times out of eight innings overseas. He has captured 9 wickets in five Tests at an average of 78.00 - the strike rate being 149.3.
# Varun Aaron's figures of 3 for 97 are his best in Tests.
# Murali Vijay has managed 382 runs at an average of 47.75, including a hundred and two fifties, in the present series - the highest by an Indian batsman in the present series.
# An Indian opening pair is without a fifty away from home in 31 innings - the last opening partnership of fifty or more overseas being 63 between Gautam Gambhir and Abhinav Mukund vs England at Lord's in July 2011. (Read: Our Fifth Bowler has Scored More Runs Than Top-Order, Says Dhoni)
# In six previous tours to England, an Indian opening pair had failed to record a fifty-run partnership.
# The Old Trafford Test has produced 195.1 overs - the fewest in a result-oriented Test in an England-India game.
# The Indians faced 89.4 overs in the just concluded Test - the second lowest faced by them against England, next only to the 58.1 overs faced in the 1952 Old Trafford Test while scoring 58 & 82.
# Cheteshwar Pujara's batting average of 22.25 this year is his worst in a calendar year when he has appeared in at least two Tests - his tally being 267 in twelve innings, including a fifty.
# Pujara is averaging 27.83 in a losing cause in six Tests - his tally being 334 in twelve innings, including a hundred and a fifty.
# Moeen Ali has captured 19 wickets at 22.94 runs apiece - the second highest by an England spinner against India in a home series - the highest being 20 (ave.13.30) in three Tests by Ray Illingworth in 1967.
# Pankaj Singh has bagged a PAIR in the Test i.e. 0 in each innings. He has provided the 51st instance in a Test match for India.
(Stats Courtesy: Rajesh Kumar)