1st ODI India vs New Zealand: India skipper Virat Kohli is 134 runs shy of surpassing former Indian batsman Rahul Dravid in the list of all-time leading run-scorer for India in New Zealand. India will lock horns with the Blackcaps for a five-match ODI series starting January 23. Kohli is the No 1 batsman in the world in ODIs and Tests and one cannot write this milestone behind the Indian captain. The Indian captain could also become the first Indian captain to slam a century in New Zealand.
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He has a century in their soil, but not as a captain. Kohli also has two other 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 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.