1st ODI India vs New Zealand: India captain Virat Kohli has two milestones in his sight when India lock horns with Kane Williamson’s Blackcaps in a five-match ODI series. Kohli could break one and equal the other in the opener itself. He needs a century to equal Virender Sehwag for most centuries by an Indian against New Zealand. Sehwag has six, whereas Kohli has five and is equal with Sachin Tendulkar. Kohli also needs three runs to pip Sehwag as the second leading run-getter against the Kiwis in One Day Internationals.
the second one is the more probable one as he needs merely three runs to go past Sehwag. But, given the form he is in once he gets a sighter he usually converts them into centuries, hence one cannot rule out the most centuries against the Kiwis.
Sachin Tendulkar – 42 matches – 1750 runs (five centuries)
Virender Sehwag – 23 matches – 1157 runs (six centuries)
Virat Kohli – 19 matches – 1154 runs * (five centuries)
Mo. Azharuddin – 40 matches – 1118 runs (one century)
Sourav Ganguly – 32 matches – 1979 runs (three centuries)
Earlier, Kohli slammed his 39th ODI ton against Australia at Adelaide to lay the platform for an Indian win to level the series. India has the momentum on their side but the Kiwis have a great advantage at home and are difficult to beat at home. It will be a stern test for the men in Blue who are second in the ICC rankings as the Blackcaps are third.
The Kiwis have won 21 out of the 35 games played in New Zealand. The last time India toured New Zealand in 2013-14, the faced an embarrassing 4-0 whitewash. However, India had won 3-1 in 2009 with MS Dhoni’s India being the first Indian team to win a series in New Zealand.
The 1st ODI is slated to be played on January 23 at Napier.