NZ vs IND Test: The defeat of the Basin Reserve raised many questions because recently, Team India had never bowed in this way.
In the first match of the Test series, Indian batsmen succumbed easily under adverse conditions, which led New Zealand to a big win by ten wickets. This performance was not such that Kiwi could present any challenge for the team. The pair of Southee and Boult showed that in front of their seam and swing, India’s famous batting line-up also needs a lot of improvement.
Defense Spoiled the Game
The defeat of the Basin Reserve raised many questions because recently, Team India had never bowed in this way. Two strong pillars of Indian batting, Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara are not batting for which they are known.
After a crushing defeat in the first Test match, captain Virat Kohli questioned the defensive batting of the team’s batsmen. Let us tell you that Cheteshwar Pujara scored 11 runs in 81 balls in the second innings of the first Test. Hanuma Vihari played 79 balls and scored 15 runs.
Question on Kohli’s Batting
Kohli said that to dominate the opposing team, you need to score runs instead of being defensive. However, Virat Kohli himself is also not in form. Popularly known as Run Machine, Captain Kohli was dismissed by scoring 2 runs in 7 balls in the first innings of the Wellington Test. In the second innings, Kohli kept walking after scoring only 19 runs after facing 43 balls.
In this way, Kohli’s poor form continues in the current tour of New Zealand. He has been able to score only 201 runs in nine innings of all three formats on this tour. Kohli has not scored a single century in the last 20 innings of all three formats. Kohli scored his last century in the historic day-night Test match against Bangladesh in November last year, when he scored a century of 136 runs.
Kohli’s Bad Phase
This is not the first time Kohli is struggling with poor form. Earlier, from February 2014 to October 2014, he could not score a single century in 25 innings of all three formats. It also includes the tour of England, where he was able to score only 134 runs in five Tests.
Earlier, Kohli’s poor form was seen between February 2011 to September 2011, when he did not score a single century in 24 consecutive innings. Kohli has so far scored 70 centuries in his international career. He has scored 27 centuries in 85 Tests and 43 centuries in 248 ODIs. The top order has been the strength of India, which is constantly flopping in Test matches after ODIs. In the middle order, Virat Kohli disappointed.