New Delhi: Virat Kohli got himself out in most unexpected way on the penultimate day of the first India-England Test match at Rajkot on Saturday.
The skipper, expecting to score a big hundred, was in control when one errant leg stepped into the roots of the stumps and tripped the bail in the 120th over of the India's first innings.
Kohli (40) departed hit-wicket, while trying to play a pull shot off the back-foot off the bowling off Adil Rashid. He thus became the 20th Indian batsman to be dismissed hit wicket in Tests.
In the process, the skipper created some unwanted records. Here are some:
1. The second Indian captain to be dismissed hit wicket in Tests, after Lala Amarnath (13 against West Indies at Chennai in January 1949).
2. The fifth Indian batsman to record this against England, after Dilip Sardesai, Madan Lal, Vinoo Mankad and Brijesh Patel.
3. The first Indian player to be dismissed hit wicket against England in both Tests as well as ODIs. Kohli got dismissed in this fashion after making 107 off 102 in the 5th ODI at Cardiff of 2011 series.
And about Kohli's scoring record against England:
4. He has managed 362 runs in 18 innings at an average of 21.29, well below his standard. His batting average is 45.56.
5. He is yet to score a fifty against England, with the previous best of 39. Overall he has 12 fifties and 13 hundreds.
Here's the full list of Indian batsmen who got dismissed hit-wicket in Test:
1. Lala Amarnath - 13 runs (1949, vs West Indies in 4th Test at Chennai)
2. Madhav Apte - 30 (1953, vs West Indies in 4th Test at Georgetown)
3. Naren Tamhane - 5 (1959, vs West Indies in 5th Test at Delhi)
4. Chandu Borde - 96 (1959, vs West Indies in 5th Test at Delhi)
5. Budhi Kunderan - 2 (1960, vs Australia in 3rd Test at Mumbai, Brabourne Stadium)
6. Dilip Sardesai - 28 (1961, vs England in 2nd Test at Kanpur)
7. Vijay Manjrekar - 0 (1962, vs West Indies in 1st Test at Port of Spain)
8. Hanumant Singh - 0 (1965, vs New Zealand in 3rd Test at Mumbai, Brabourne Stadium)
9. ML Jaisimha - 1 (1965, vs New Zealand in 4th Test at New Delhi)
10. Syed Abid Ali - 78 (1968, vs Australia in 4th Test at Sydney)
11. Madan Lal - 7 (1974, vs England in 1st Test at Manchester)
12. Vinoo Mankad - 43 (1974, vs England in 3rd Test at Birmingham)
13. Brijesh Patel - 21 (1977, vs England in second Test at Kolkata)
14. Dilip Vengsarkar - 48 (1977, vs Australia in 1st Test at Brisbane)
15. Mohinder Amarnath - 20 (1978, vs Pakistan in 2nd Test at Lahore)
16. Mohinder Amarnath - 2 (1979, vs Australia in 6th Test in Mumbai)
17. Mohinder Amarnath - 37 (1984, vs Pakistan in 2nd Test at Faisalabad)
18. Kiran More - 6 (1989, vs West Indies in 4th Test at Kingston)
19. Nayan Mongia - 34 (1994, vs West Indies in 3rd Test at Mohali)
20. Shiv Sunder Das - 39 (2001, vs Australia in 2nd Test at Kolkata)
21. VVS Laxman - 130 (2002, vs West Indies in 4th Test at St. John's)
22. Virat Kohli - 40 (2016, vs England in 1st Test at Rajkot)
The last Indian player to be dismissed hit-wicket before Kohli in Test was VVS Laxaman, against West Indies in May 2002. Laxman was batting at 130, and was in the midst of an epic stand with Ajay Ratra, when the legendary batsman achieved that unwanted feat. Then, the dou had already posted 217 runs for the seventh wicket in the drawn match at St. John's.
But the record for getting most hit-wicket dismissals for an Indian batsman in Tests still belongs to Mohinder Amarnath, who got out in this fashion three times — twice against Pakistan and once against Australia.