Virat Kohli looked down and unhappy after his side suffered a 3-0 whitewash in the ODI series. Kohli suffered his first series whitewash as Indian Captain. However, Kohli did admit that India did not deserve to win any match while the Kiwis deserved the 3-0 margin.
New Zealand came back strongly after suffering a humiliating 5-0 whitewash in the T20 series. They won each of the ODI matches convincingly. In Hamilton, Ross Taylor and Tom Latham helped Kiwis chase the daunting total successfully. The 2nd ODI in Auckland saw Kohli’s men struggle to chase down 274 runs, and New Zealand won by 22 runs. In the 3rd ODI at Bay Oval, New Zealand chased down 297 runs comfortably with three overs to spare. Virat Kohli cited poor fielding and bowling as the reasons for their series loss.
Virat Kohli feels the loss is not so bad as the scoreline suggests.
“The games are not as bad as the scoreline suggests,” the Indian Captain told during the post-match presentation. “The first game, we were pretty much in the contest. Again, it boils down to the chances we didn’t grab. And all three games, I thought, the way we fielded and the composure with the ball – I don’t think that was enough to win games of cricket at the international level.
“With the ball, we were not able to make enough breakthroughs. And in the field as well, we were not good at all. So didn’t deserve to be on the winning side at all in the series. Haven’t played so badly, but if you don’t grab your chances at this level then teams are going to hurt you.”
Jasprit Bumrah went wicketless for the first time in a bilateral series. It alone was testimony to India’s ineffectiveness with the ball. The Indian bowling attack could not bowl out the opposition for even a single time.
India missed the regular settled partnership of both of their openers- Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. Injuries ruled them out of the series. Team Management decided to give young Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal a chance in the starting XI. Shaw got off to starts in all the matches but could not build on the starts he got. Mayank scored 32 runs in the first ODI but ended up with single-digit scores in the next two ODI’s. Virat Kohli’s failure in the last 2 ODI’s mounted more pressure on the Indian batting lineup.
Virat Kohli feels New Zealand deserve the 3-0.
“We played well in the T20 series, a bit more experience there. Here in the ODIs a couple of new guys still finding their feet at the international level, so good experience for them (Agarwal and Shaw). New Zealand was keen to come back and get few wins under their belt after the T20 series and they played with a lot more intensity than we did. And in the crunch moments, they were better in the field. They were better with the ball and better with the bat as well. We didn’t deserve to win because of the way we did not show enough composure under pressure and New Zealand did so. They deservedly won three-nil,” Virat said.
The results in the series this year are opposite to what happened last year. Last year, Virat Kohli and Co won the five-match ODI series by 4-1 but lost in the T20 series. But, this year the tour will end off with a two-match Test series. The Test Series will hold the same importance, just like the ODI World Cup last year or the T20 World Cup this year because it falls under the World Test Championship.
Virat is excited about the upcoming Test Series against New Zealand.
“Very, very excited,” Kohli said about the upcoming series. “I think because of the Championship, every Test match has that much more importance. As I said, Test cricket, T20 cricket – there’s so many things to look forward to this year and the next year as well. We’re very excited about the Test series now. We have a really good and balanced team in Test cricket and we feel that we can win the series here. We have that kind of team, but we need to step onto the park in the right kind of mindset,” Virat concluded.