Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli didn’t fire with the bat in the recently-concluded ODIs against New Zealand. The 31-year-old batsman had a rather indifferent series against the Kiwis.
The three-match ODI series saw the 31-year-old Kohli amass just 75 runs from three matches. And he managed a paltry average of just 25.00 in the series. Notably, this is his worst series average in the last five years.
The star Indian batsman has been dominating ODI cricket over the last five years and his numbers tell you the story. He has taken the level of his game in the format to another level. However, of late Kohli has not managed to scale the heights we all know he does often.
In the last three ODI series, he failed to register a single century. Although, he did help India win the series against Australia with two match-winning fifties. He was kept quiet against the Kiwis, who got the better of him. What we all witnessed was a rare Kohli failure.
The Indian captain got scores of 51, 15 and 9 against the Kiwis. This is Kohli’s ninth-worst ODI series in terms of batting average.
The last time where the star player averaged poorly was against Bangladesh in June 2015. In that series, Kohli averaged 16.33. From there on, he had never done so badly in any series he featured in.
Looking back at his career, Kohli’s worst series was against Pakistan back in 2012. He averaged just 4.33. Also, looking at his career, Kohli’s poor average in ODI series came mostly during an early stage of his journey.
The right-handed batsman will hope to quickly brush off this mini bad phase and focus largely on the upcoming Test series next. The first NZ-India Test starts on February 21. India lost the ODIs by a 3-0 margin and Kohli will hope to rally his side in the two-Test series.