Virat Kohli seems to be going through his bad days in New Zealand where everything is going against him, starting from his batting numbers to his strategical decision. This NZ tour turned out to be a nightmare for Virat Kohli and his fans. This series of Virat Kohli turned out to be more worse than the 2014 tour against England.
In this NZ tour Virat Kohli has scored only 1 half century which doesn’t suit his caliber. In this tour Virat Kohli averages just 14. Criticism has started in Indian Media regarding Virat Kohli’s batting performance.
The Run Machine has been the biggest match winner for India in the past 8 years, but his recent performance against NZ has certainly let down the overall performance of the team.
Virat dismissals in the both the matches has certainly raised a lot of question. The man is known for not repeating the same mistake twice but Virat threw his wicket same way twice in the same match. Virat Kohli also lost his temperament when he used some explicit words for the Christchurch crowd and gave a send off to the New Zealand captain Kane Williamson for whom he
earlier mentioned, “we can’t be on a revengeful zone with them, they are so good”.
It’s not just the captain the whole team showed a lack of intent. The way Rahane gifted his wicket in the 2nd innings of the 2nd test has been the topic of discussion. NZ bowlers have certainly exploit the conditions, Indian batsman have developed a sense of hear. The short ball asked difficult questions to the batsman.
The green top has been an evergreen problem for India and same happened in NZ. Indian batsmen seemed to be clueless. Young guns, Prithvi Shaw, Hanuma Vihari, Mayank Agarwal didn’t fire which resulted in a bad performance. New Zealand have certainly challenged the skills and the temperament of Indian Batsmen. This again raised a debate that do Indian batsmen find it difficult to adjust in an overseas condition.
The Virat Kohli led team needs to have answer of some big questions, whether they will bring new faces into the team or continue with the same team. The upcoming Australia tour will surely be a tough challenge for the Indian team. India needs to develop players who value their wicket and spend time in the middle. The selectors and the captain should now take some tough calls and back players who have a strong temperament and skill set.