Following their drubbing by the hands of New Zealand in the ODI sequence, India will search for redemption in the longest format once they lock horns in opposition to the Kiwis in the upcoming two-match Test sequence. Basin Reserve in Wellington will play host to the primary Test and India’s document on the venue doesn’t paint an excellent image for Virat Kohli’s troops.
Overall, India have performed 23 Tests in New Zealand and have come out victorious in simply 5 matches. They have misplaced eight matches whereas 10 Tests ended in a draw. India’s document in Wellington is way worse as they’ve received only one Test out of seven performed on the venue to this point.
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India’s solely victory in Wellington got here in 1968, which was their first-ever Test on the venue. Since then, they’ve misplaced 4 whereas two ended in a draw. So if skipper Kohli desires to take an unassailable lead in the primary Test, he can have to emulate former captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi’s 52-year-previous feat as he was skipper when India final beat New Zealand in Wellington.
India’s document in Wellington
1968: India win by eight wickets
1976: New Zealand win by an innings and 33 runs
1981: New Zealand win by 62 runs
1998: New Zealand win by four wickets
2002: New Zealand win by 10 wickets
In 6 many years of India travelling to New Zealand, their most profitable one was the maiden tour in 1968 the place they received Three of the 4 Tests and took the sequence 3-1. Since then, India have managed to win simply two Tests in New Zealand. Despite these poor numbers, Kohli believes this Indian group is greater than able to successful in the nation.
“We have prepared in a manner where our fitness levels and concentration levels are such that we can compete against anyone in the world,” Kohli mentioned in the course of the pre-match press convention. “That’s the kind of confidence we will carry into this series.”
“We are not the same team that we used to be. We have a very complete squad now.”