5 Under-performers for India from New Zealand tour
There were a lot of expectations on these players but they failed to live up to it.
Updated - Mar 2, 2020 12:50 pm
The most anticipated and awaited India’s tour of New Zealand saw some excellent twists and turns, keeping the fans on the edge of their seats. The men-in-blue demolished the Kiwi challenge in the T20Is, whitewashing the hosts to win it 5-0. The Black Caps avenged their defeat in the ODIs to win the series 3-0. And they completed the demolition in the tests, defeating the no.1 Indian team 2-0.
It is a dream for any Indian player to go and perform in New Zealand. This tour was a chance for such aspiring players to showcase their mettle. However, only a few could pounce upon the opportunities. Moreover, this tour saw a poor form from some of the most trusted players of the team.
On this note, let us take a look at 5 underperforming Indians who failed to make their mark in this tour:
1. Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli not being able to perform in the whole tour is among the rarest things one would see. How often do you see him scoring only a solitary half-century in 11 innings? It’s very rare. However, this is one tour that the Indian captain would like to forget as soon as possible.
Virat scored 105 runs in 5 T20Is, 75 runs in 3 ODIs and 38 runs in 2 Tests. New Zealand bowlers used different tactics to get him out every time, targeting him with bouncers, inswingers and outside-off pitching deliveries. Speaking about his own form, he said that the ball was coming on his bat nicely, but the scores didn’t reflect his actual form.
With T20 World Cup set to be held in October, King Kohli will need to get his form back as soon as possible, since he plays an instrumental role in India’s chances. He has gone through such phases many times in his career but came out as a more dangerous player every time.