After the 5-0 T20I series triumph against New Zealand, India were brought down to earth with a 3-0 ODI series loss. So, what went wrong for India in the series whitewash?
Cricwizz takes a look at possible reasons for India’s rare series whitewash overseas.
India fielded two debutants in Mayank Agarwal and Prithvi Shaw as openers and the lack of runs from them had put pressure in the middle-order to do the rescue act too often. India really missed the services of first-choice openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan as the two used to dominate the opposition bowlers, paving the way for middle-order batsmen to cash in.
An off-colour Virat Kohli
Except for a fifty in the first ODI, India missed their star batsman Virat Kohli’s run-making spree in the last two ODIs. New Zealand had a plan for Kohli and were successful in dismissing him for a low score in the last two ODIs. In the absence of Rohit and Dhawan, Kohli was supposed to take higher responsibility but the Indian skipper failed to lead from the front. And that hurt India the most.
India’s poor fielding
India fielding was at its worst in the ODI series. They suffered embarrassing fielding lapses and dropped catches at the crucial juncture of the games. India’s fielding let the team down and Team India have to suffer a humiliating series whitewash.
New Zealand were too good for India
New Zealand were determined to do well in the ODI series after the 5-0 T20I series whitewash. New Zealand produced a better batting and bowling display in the ODI series to hand India a rare series whitewash. Ross Taylor led the batting for New Zealand and it was his heroics with the bat that saw the Kiwis home.
India were guilty of being complacent and throwing away winning positions in all the three ODIs. In the 2nd ODI, India had New Zealand under pressure at 197/8 but allowed the Kiwis to post a match-winning total of 273/8. India won the match by 22 runs.