Captain Virat Kohli on Tuesday failed to fire yet again and got out for 9 runs to end the ODI series against New Zealand with just 75 runs to his name in the three games.
Kohli’s tally is the lowest for him as captain in a bilateral ODI series, even worse than the 89 and 148 he managed against West Indies and New Zealand in 2019 and 2018 respectively. He averaged just 25 in this series which is also the lowest for him since the 16.33 he averaged in the ODI series against Bangladesh in 2015.
After scoring a half-century in the first ODI, Kohli made just 15 and 9 runs in the next two games with Hamish Bennett getting his wicket in the ongoing match in Mount Maunganui. Kohli has now gone 9 innings without scoring a hundred in this format, something which his fans are not used to seeing.
In fact, the last hundred he had scored was way back in August 2019 in the third ODI against West Indies in Port of Spain. His last 9 innings scores read – 4, 0, 85, 16, 78, 89, 51, 15 and 9.
India have also struggled as a result of Kohli’s poor form and are trailing 0-2 in the three-match series against the Black Caps. A loss on Tuesday would see India getting whitewashed in a bilateral ODI series of 3 or more matches since 1989.
The last time India faced such a whitewash was 31 years ago in the West Indies when they were blanked 5-0.
India were struggling at 62 for 3 when Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul got together to stage a superb recovery for the visitors. Iyer made 62 off 63 before departing in the 31st over of the innings.
Iyer now has 748 runs in the format which is the highest tally for an Indian batsman after the first 16 ODI innings, beating the previous record of 725 runs held by Navjot Singh Sidhu. Virat Kohli had 655 runs in his first 16 knocks. Iyer so far has 9 scores of over 50 in his career and is averaging over 50.