The 3-0 ODI whitewash against New Zealand is the worst conclusion of a series for Team India in 31 years. If this wasn’t enough sorrow for the fans, the skipper Virat Kohli has performed his worst performance in a bilateral ODI series in the last five years. A lacklustre series average of 25 is his lowest since 2015.
While Virat Kohli started the ODI series with an impressive score of 51, his 58th half century of the format, things started to go the wrong way. A dismissal on 15 runs when chasing against the Kiwis in the second match, and losing his wicket on just 9 today at the Bay Oval, Kohli is not in that destructive form that he is famous for amongst his fanbase.
The 31 year old has put up a total score of 75 runs in the series, with the series average of 25 runs being his lowest in the last 5 years, after managing an average of 16.33 in the Bangladesh ODI series back in 2015.
Kohli marched to the 22 yards when opener Mayank Agarwal disappointed after losing his wicket on just 1 run. Partnering up with Prithvi Shaw, the team leader was expected to click after smashing a superb sixer. Unfortunately, Kohli failed to put up even a double digit score, and marched back to the pavilion against Hasmish Bennett in the 7th over.
The player who holds the top position in ICC’s Men’s ODI Player Rankings with a rating of 886, has not scored an ODI century in the last 6 months. Kohli’s 43rd and last ODI ton was seen back in August 2019 against West Indies.
With just one fifty across the last seven matches of the New Zealand tour including the T20 series, the low scores are expected to have a detrimental effect on Kohli’s ratings on the ICC leader board.
With the content from the superb T20 series victory now gone with a disappointing ODI performance, Virat Kohli and the squad has the upcoming Test series in late February, terminating the New Zealand tour.
While the Men in Blue fans are expecting the ICC no. 1 Test team to turn things around in the red ball matches, Kohli will now have the chance to restore his finesse in the Test series, which is in fact, according do him “the most beautiful format of the game”.