IND v ENG: Kohli's dismissal a rare event

Virat Kohli was the second Indian captain, after Lala Amarnath in 1949, and the 20th Indian player to be out hit wicket.

Virat Kohli unknowingly dislodges a bail to be out for 40 on the fourth day of the Rajkot Test against England.   -  K. R. Deepak

Virat Kohli became the 20th Indian player and the second Indian captain to be dismissed 'hit wicket' in a Test. Batting on 40 on the fourth day of the second Pataudi Trophy Test, he pulled leg-spinner Adil Rashid towards midwicket only to find that his stumps were disturbed in the process of making space for the shot.

Lala Amarnath was the first Indian player and the first Indian captain to be out hit wicket. Amarnath was dismissed by seamer John Trim of West Indies, in the first innings of the fourth Test in Chennai in the 1948-49 season. India lost that match by an innings, and eventually lost the five-Test series 1-0.

Since then, India has suffered 21 such dismissals. Mohinder Amarnath, Lala’s son, has been out hit wicket three times.

Overall, 139 such dismissals have occured in Tests, among which 18 have involved captains. The first captain to be dismissed this way was West Indies’ Jackie Grant against England at Lord’s in 1933. The last captain (before Kohli) in this category is also of West Indies – Darren Sammy.

The last Indian player to be out this way was V.V.S. Laxman in 2002, a year after Shiv Sunder Das got out this way against Australia in 2001.

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