Unique Similarity in Captaincy Record of Virat Kohli & Sourav Ganguly in New Zealand

New Zealand beat India by seven wickets in the second Test match, to complete a 2-0 series whitewash against the table-toppers in the World Test Championship. Doing this, the Kiwis became the first team to beat India in the World Test Championship. They also have exposed India’s age-old problem of playing against the moving ball. The series also has brought forward, unique similarities between Virat Kohli and former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy record in the country. While the similarities might not be exact in terms of numbers and statistics, its unique in the way, the two-Test match has panned out.

Here is a list of stats that shows the unique similarity in Captaincy record of Virat Kohli and Sourav Ganguly in New Zealand.

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Failing With the Bat


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1) Both Ganguly and Kohli went through a rough patch with the bat and as captain in New Zealand. Ganguly scored just 29 (5, 5, 17, 2) at 7.25 in 2002, Virat Kohli scored 39 (3, 14, 1, 19) in 2019.

2) Among the other batsmen, only Sachin Tendulkar crossed the 100-run mark in the series in 2002, while Cheteshwar Pujara and Mayank Agarwal got to 100 runs in 2020. 

3) In another unique similarity, No batsman from either side scored a century in either series. The highest individual score in both the series was 89 – by Mark Richardson in 2002 and Kane Williamson in 2020 – and both came in New Zealand’s first innings of the respective first Tests.

4) The highest scores among India batsmen in these two series were 76 by Rahul Dravid in 2002 and 58 by Mayank Agarwal in 2020.

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The results also had a unique similarity in the way they panned out in the two-Test series. New Zealand won both the tosses of both the Test series, asking India to bat first on all four occasions.

1) India were dismissed in their first innings all four times, making scores of 161, 99, 165 and 242, and went on to lose all the matches.

2) India were handed 10-wicket defeats in the first Test of both the series, asking the home side to chase 36 and 9 respectively in the fourth innings.

3) India gained a slender lead in the second Test of both the series and yet lost the Test match. They had a lead of five runs in 2002, while a seven-run lead in 2020.

4) Both Ganguly and Kohli suffered their first whitewash in their captaincy record in New Zealand. This is another unique similarity between the two respective leaders. 

Birth of a Kiwi All-Rounder

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1) The biggest gain for the Kiwis in both the Test series was that they found good all-rounders. In 2002, they found a certain Jacob Oram, a 6ft 6in allrounder. In 2020, it was 6ft 8in Kyle Jamieson who made his debut in the series.

2) Both the all-rounders impressed as well with their performance. Oram took 11 wickets and hit the winning runs to complete the series whitewash over India in 2002. 

3) In 2020, Jamieson proved his skills with both bat and ball. He took 16 wickets and scored 44 and 49 in the first innings of the two Tests.

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