India suffer worst ODI series defeat since 1989 after Virat Kohli finished with 75 runs in 3 matches
Virat Kohli scored just 75 runs in 3 matches while Jasprit Bumrah went wicketless within the series as India suffered their worst ODI series in 23 years. India had last been whitewashed 5-0 by the West Indies during a bilateral ODI series with 3 or more matches.
Chasing 297 within the final match of the series at Mount Maunganui on Wednesday, New Zealand cruised to victory. within the opening match of the series, Ross Taylor's hundred had helped New Zealand shoot 347 while an excellent effort by the Black Caps in Auckland meant India couldn't chase down a middling 274.
On Wednesday, India's bowlers were clueless. Yet again, the Indians did not make any breakthroughs within the first 10 overs. Yuzvendra Chahal bowled a ripper to urge Martin Guptill for 66 but by then he had added 106 for the primary wicket with Henry Nicholls.
Kane Williamson (22) and Ross Taylor (12) didn't score big but Henry Nicholls's 80 kept the hosts within the hunt even once they lost a couple of quick wickets within the middle.
With the asking rate climbing up, Tom Latham, Colin de Grandhomme and James Neesham hit some lusty blows to require New Zealand home. After the heartbreak of the planet final at Lord's last year, this was a dream comeback to ODIs for brand spanking new Zealand, who had been whitewashed 5-0 by India within the T20I series.
India had already lost the series on Sunday after back-to-back defeats in Hamilton and Auckland. And when Virat Kohli said ODIs were irrelevant for his team, this year, it had been difficult to grasp how his men could stay motivated to avoid the humiliation of a 3-0 defeat.
India's visual communication left much to be desired at Mount Maunganui on Tuesday. After New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and decided to bat, Kyle Jamieson dismissed Mayank Agarwal with a peach of a delivery; Virat Kohli played a poor shot to fall for 9.
Kohli finished the series with 75 runs - his worst performance during a bilateral ODI series as captain. In 2019, he had scored 89 within the ODI series against West Indies reception . Earlier within the same year, Kohli had totalled 148 from 3 matches during a 5-ODI series against New Zealand. He had been rested for the ultimate two games.
Prithvi Shaw, who had debuted alongside Mayank Agarwal in Hamilton, played some delightful shots to succeed in 40 but was run out when he attempted to travel back for what appeared like a simple double.
It was once more up to the middle-order pair of Shreyas Iyer nd KL Rahul to bail India out of trouble. the 2 batted beautifully to feature 100 for the 4th wicket but with Iyer looking set for a second successive hundred, he fell to a brief delivery from James Neesham.
KL Rahul continued to prosper in his new role as a wicket-keeper batsman. At No.5, Rahul has shown amazing consistency and finished the tour of latest Zealand together with his 4th ODI hundred. He has been the stand-out batsman for India during this series - after winning the man-of-the-series award with 224 runs within the T20Is, he finished the ODI series because the second highest scorer with 204. Iyer topped the charts with 217 runs.