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India vs New Zealand: Virat Kohli ends woeful series with a mean of just 25

The India Print 2020-02-11 17:36:31

India captain Virat Kohli on Tuesday did not fire once more and got out for 9 runs to finish the ODI series against New Zealand with just 75 runs to his name within the three games.

Kohli's tally is that the lowest for him as captain during 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 during this series which is additionally rock bottom for him since the 16.33 he averaged within the ODI series against Bangladesh in 2015.

After scoring a half-century within the first ODI, Kohli made just 15 and 9 runs within the next two games with Hamish Bennett getting his wicket within the ongoing match in Mount Maunganui. Kohli has now gone 9 innings without scoring 100 during this format, something which his fans aren't wont to seeing.

In fact, the last hundred he had scored was way back in August 2019 within 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 results of Kohli's poor form and are trailing 0-2 within the three-match series against the Black Caps. A loss on Tuesday would see India getting whitewashed during a bilateral ODI series of three or more matches since 1989.

The last time India faced such a whitewash was 31 years ago within the West Indies once they were blanked 5-0.

India were struggling at 62 for 3 when Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul got together to stage an outstanding recovery for the visitors. Iyer made 62 off 63 before departing within the 31st over of the innings.

Iyer now has 748 runs within the format which is that the highest tally for an Indian batsman after the primary 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 thus far has 9 many over 50 in his career and is averaging over 50.