Indian cricket group skipper Virat Kohli made it clear that India didn’t deserve to win as they had been crushed 3-zero in the lately concluded ODI series by New Zealand on Tuesday. Henry Nicholls and Colin de Grandhomme had been spectacular with the bat as the Kiwis received the encounter by 5 wickets to proceed their sensible run of kind. As a consequence, New Zealand completed a 3-zero whitewash in the series – one thing India haven’t confronted since 1989. The final time India misplaced all the matches in an ODI series (min Three matches) was again in ‘89 towards West Indies.
“The games were not as bad as the scoreline suggests. Batsmen coming back from tough situations was a positive sign for us, but the way we fielded and bowled, the composure wasn’t enough to win games. Didn’t deserve to be on the winning side at all this series. Haven’t played so badly, but we didn’t grab opportunities,” Kohli mentioned at the publish-match presentation ceremony.
India will now face New Zealand in a two-match Test series with the first encounter happening in Wellington on February 24. Kohli mentioned that they’re excited for the seires and mentioned that they now have a balanced side.
“ It was a good experience for the new guys who came in. They are still finding their feet. They (New Zealand) played with lot more intensity than we did. They deservedly won 3-0.”
“We are excited for the Test series. We now have a balanced team. We feel we can win the series, but we need to step out on the park with the right kind of mindset,” he concluded.
KL Rahul struck a combative 112 to take India to a combative complete of 296/7 however the Kiwis overhauled the goal with 17 balls to spare. The Kiwis had been off to a assured begin of their chase with Martin Guptill (66) and Henry Nicholls (80) and placing on a 106-run stand.
However, wrist spinner Yuzvendra Chahal took three wickets to carry India again in the sport. Colin de Grandhomme (58) and Tom Latham (32), although, took their side previous the end line with an unbeaten 80-run partnership.
(With company inputs)