After whitewashing New Zealand in the 5 match T20 series, India faced a drubbing by their hands in the next two formats as the hosts finish the tour on the winning note by collecting all important 120 World Test Championship points. On the third day of the Christchurch Test, New Zealand completed a seven wickets victory to take the series 2-0. Let’s take a look at 10 records which were made or broken during the course of this series.
- 1 – First time India have been whitewashed under Virat Kohli’s captaincy in both Test and ODI formats, that too on the same tour.
- 3– This was the third Indian defeat after batting first under Kohli’s captaincy. The second one too came in this particular series where India lost the Wellington Test by 10 wickets.
- 4– India have been dismissed twice in a Test match in New Zealand four times – 161 & 121 at Wellington (2002/03), 99 & 154 at Hamilton (2002/03), 165 & 191 at Wellington (2019/20) and 242 & 124 at Christchurch.
- 8 – Rishabh Pant affected a total of 8 dismissals in this series. It is second highest for the Indian wicket keeper on New Zealand soil in a 2 Test series. MS Dhoni had 12 dismissals to his name in the 2009 series.
- 9.5 – Kohli’s batting average of 9.5 in this series was his second worst batting average in a series of two Tests or more. His worst batting average is of 9.2 which came against Australia in 2017.
- 14 – Tim Southee took a total of 14 wickets in this series which makes it his second most productive series after the series against West Indies in 2013 where he had taken 18 wickets.
- 18.05 – India’s collective batting average in this series is their third worst batting average in a series of two or more Tests. Two even worse series in terms of batting have also come in New Zealand when India toured them in 2002 and 1969 respectively.
- 19.08 – This is the combined batting average of India’s 3,4 and 5 in this series. They could only manage to score 229 runs in this series.
- 36 – Virat Kohli’s average in New Zealand has dropped down to only 36.
- 58 – India’s highest individual score in this series. Mayank Agarwal scored these runs in the second inning of Wellington Test. It is India’s lowest individual score in any Test series, ever.
India will now play an ODI series of 3 Matches against South Africa at home before concluding their season and moving onto IPL Cricket. The series will start at 12th March. There will be a couple of Asia XI vs World XI games too which would be played on 18th and 21st March and some of the Indian players are expected to participate in those matches too.