Didn't play badly but we didn't need to win: Virat Kohli after ODI whitewash vs New Zealand
After India were whitewashed by New Zealand within the 3-ODI series on Tuesday, captain Virat Kohli defended his side's performance by saying that the 3-0 scoreline probably didn't do justice to the competitiveness of the series. Having posted 296/7 in their 50 overs batting first, India were humbled by New Zealand for the 3rd straight times because the hosts chased down the entire with 2.5 overs and 5 wickets to spare.
At the post-match news conference , when Kohli was asked to reflect on India's dismal showing within the bilateral series, the captain conceded that the team 'didn't need to get on the winning side' within the series.
"I think the primary match, we were just about within the contest. All three games, the composure and therefore the way we fielded wasn't ok for international cricket. The way we came back was a positive for us. within the field, we weren't ok in the least . (On New Zealand) We played rather well within the T20 series, here within the ODIs, a few of latest guys, good experience for them. They played with tons more intensity after the T20 series. They deservedly won 3-0," said Kohli.
With the T20I and ODI legs of the tour done and dusted, India will now play a series of two Tests vs the hosts starting February 21. With 120 World Test Championship points at stake, the importance of the matches isn't lost on Kohli.
"I think due to the Test Championship, every match has that more importance. we've a very balanced Test team and that we feel we will win the series here, but we'd like to tread on to the park with the proper quite mindset," added Kohli.
Earlier, India rode on KL Rahul's 112 and Shreyas Iyer's 62 to post a par 296/7 in Mount Maunganui. New Zealand were up to the challenge in their chase with Martin Guptill putting them well on track of a win with a 46-ball-66. albeit Yuzvendra Chahal's 3 wickets forced New Zeland into a mid-innings slump, Colin de Grandhomme blazed to a 28-ball-58 to require his side comfortably home.