What looked to be a brilliant start of the New Zealand tour with a 5-0 whitewash of the hosts, Team India is now on the receiving end, after New Zealand secured a swift 3-0 ODI series victory. Following the third and final match today in Tauranga, Indian skipper Virat Kohli boils down what went wrong.
This is India’s worst ODI defeat in 31 years, while Virat Kohli managed a series average of 25, his lowest since 2015. In the post match interview, the Men in Blue captain lamented for missing out the turning points of the match.
The games were not as bad as the scoreline suggests. It boils down to those chances that we didn’t grab. I don’t think it was enough to win games in international cricket,” Kohli told reporters.
Defending a total of 296, the visitor bowlers failed in front of Kiwis opening duo Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls, followed by a swashbuckling knock from Colin de Grandhomme which got New Zealand the victory.
While Yuzvendra Chahal made his best efforts with securing three wickets, the rest of the Indian bowlers failed to click, as the opening Guptill-Nicholls partnership went beyond the first century, and the match winning 28-ball-58 from Grandhomme that sealed the deal.
Kohli continued- “With the ball, we were not able to make breakthroughs, we were not at all good on the field. We haven’t played so badly but when you don’t grab those chances, you don’t deserve to win,”
While KL Rahul shined in the first innings by putting up a stunning century, the Indian batting order failed to click, other than appreciable efforts from opener Prithvi Shaw and no. 6 Manish Pandey.
“Batsmen coming back from tough situations were a positive sign for us, but the way we fielded and bowled, the composure wasn’t enough to win games,” the 31 year old captain added.
Other than Rahul’s marvellous 112-off-113, it was Shaw who scored 40 in the start, and Manish Pandey kept India’s score running with a score of 42. Expect them, the whole batting order failed massively, with none of them reaching a double digit score, with Kohli’s own lacklustre effort of just 9 runs.
“New Zealand played with lot more intensity. We didn’t deserve to win because we did not show enough composure” Kohli concluded.
With heavy hearts, India is now preparing to face New Zealand for the 2 match Test series, starting on 21st February.