Author: Abhishek Rajan
India’s leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal doesn’t think that the 3-0 whitewash, that India have suffered in the recently concluded ODI series against New Zealand, needs too much of reflection.
According to Chahal, India have not lost too many ODI series in the last few years. It’s just the fourth or the fifth occasion where the Indian team has come second in thea bilateral ODI series and it can happen because it’s international cricket and all the teams are strong. Sometimes, the opponent plays better and hence, deserves to win.
“Overall, if you see it is just the fourth or fifth series loss in the last 4-5 years. The other team is also here to play. You cannot win every match. It is not something too serious to ponder over.”Chahal told the reporters.
While the Indian spinner is correct in his assessment that India have not lost too many ODI series in the recent years, what is also noticeable is that this is the first time India have suffered an ODI series whitewash in the last three decades. The last time the Indian cricket team was whitewashed in an ODI series at home or away was in 1989.
It’s not just Chahal who has played down India’s loss in the ODI series against New Zealand, even the Indian captain Virat Kohli had said after the second ODI that 50-over cricket in 2020 is a bit irrelevant.
Kohli was probably trying to stress the fact that Test cricket and T20 cricket had a bit more of context attached to them this year. While every Test match is being played under the World Test Championship (WTC), T20 cricket is important because there is a T20 World Cup coming in a few months’ time.
“ODIs aren’t too relevant this year compared to Tests and T20s.” Kohli had said in the post match presentation ceremony.
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