The first match of the two-match Test series between India and New Zealand will be played in Wellington on 21 February. Team India, which is ranked number one in Test cricket, will definitely have a win, but Team India’s record in Tests on the field of Wellington has not been good. In such a situation, Indian captain Virat Kohli has a great history of winning the Wellington Test.
Team India has played 23 Test matches so far on New Zealand soil, winning five and losing 8 matches, while 10 matches ended in a draw. At the same time, if we talk about this ground, then Team India is waiting for victory for 52 years. In Wellington, the Indian team, under the leadership of Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, won New Zealand by eight wickets in 1968.
In this context, Team India captain Virat Kohli has a great chance to repeat history. After Mansoor Ali Khan, no captain could win the Indian team in Tests at this ground. In such a situation, Virat will try his best to win the Wellington Test, known as ‘Runamshin’.
“Apart from this, if Virat scores a century in Wellington, he will become the first Asian captain to score a century in South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia.”
Apart from this, Ganguly also has a record on Virat’s target. Kohli is only 11 runs behind breaking Ganguly’s record. Ganguly has 7212 runs in Test cricket. Sachin Tendulkar sits first with 15921 runs among the batsmen to have scored the most runs in Test cricket for India. Sachin is named after Rahul Dravid (13265), Sunil Gavaskar (10122), VVS Laxman (8781) and Virender Sehwag (8503) in this list.
India’s Record in Wellington:
- 1968: India won by eight wickets
- 1976: New Zealand won by an innings and 33 runs.
- 1981: New Zealand won by 62 runs
- 1998: New Zealand won by four wickets
- 2002: New Zealand wins by 10 wickets
- 2009: Draw
- 2014: Draw
Virat says “I think the Best Championship should be at the top in the ICC tournament,” the Indian captain said ahead of the first Test against New Zealand from Friday. All other tournaments for me come after this. This is perhaps the biggest of all because every team wants to make it to the final in Lord’s. We are also no different.