Virat Kohli, arguably, sits as the current best batter of the modern day cricket. Be it Tests, ODIs or T20Is, the run machine is always found smashing a plethora of runs which is evident from him averaging over 50 in all the three formats of the game. However, his recent shows in New Zealand have been far from ideal.
After mediocre outings in white-ball leg of the tour, the right-hander failed to produce a single impactful innings in the two-game Test series against New Zealand. Against the likes of Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Kyle Jamieson, Kohli was found in great discomfort to record his second-worst figures in a Test series (minimum 2 games).
The 31-year old mustered a total of 38 in the 4 innings of the series, averaging only 9.50 with bat. It was Kohli’s second-worst runs tally in Tests as he averaged only 9.20 in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy of 2016-17 in India. Without a shadow of doubt, this is one of the major reasons of India’s poor batting shows in the land of Kiwis.