INDvNZ 2nd Test: Virat Kohli's Low Scoring Streak Continues

Publish On: 29 Feb, 2020 12:30 PM | Updated   |   Harshita  

CHRISTCHURCH: Indian captain Virat Kohli's misery is continued on the opening day of the second Test against New Zealand. The skipper failed to contribute significant runs as the men in blue were all-out for 242 runs in their first innings at the Hagley Oval. 

Kohli has been having a poor scorecard in India's tour of NZ and keeping the consistency, the world's top batsman could only manage three runs before getting dismissed by Tim Southee on the first day of the second Test match. With this wicket of Kohli, the NZ bowler was able to dismiss the Indian captain for the 10th time in international cricket- 6 in ODIs, 3 in Tests and 1 in T20Is. Hence, becoming the bowler taking the highest wicket of Kohli across all formats combined. 

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Not only this, but Kohli also consumed the only left review for India before going back to the pavilion. He was seemingly hesitant to go on with the decision after discussing with Cheteshwar Pujara. The first review was used by Mayank Agarwal in the morning session which proved to be futile. 

Even in the first Test in Wellington, Kohli scored only 2 and 19, hence, becoming one of the main reasons that the visitors were defeated by 10 wickets. In the ODIs and T20s against the Kiwis, the Indian run-machine could not score enough with just 180 runs- 75 in the 3 ODIs and 125 in the 4 T20Is as in the last T20, he was rested. He only managed a single half-century in the entire tour. 

The Indian captain has not reached a three-figure mark in his last 21 innings. The last ton that Kohli scored was against Bangladesh in the day-night Test last year in Kolkata when he scored a whopping 136. 

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Following his low scores, Kohli even lost his numero-uno position in the ICC Test Rankings where he got replaced by Australia's Steve Smith.