Team India is undoubtedly one of the best cricket teams on the planet however, they seem to be the weakest team when they lock horns with New Zealand, especially in the ODI format. The Blackcaps have always had the Men in Blue’s number in 50 over matches as they first ousted them from the 2019 World Cup and now, have become the first team to whitewash them in a 3-match ODI series since 1989.
It is interesting to note that the current Indian skipper Virat Kohli was just 4 months old when India last got whitewashed in a 3-match ODI series and that series had happened against the dominant West Indies team. The current New Zealand team missed its star players like Trent Boult and Kane Williamson yet ended up clean sweeping Virat Kohli and co.
This defeat has come after the Indian team whitewashed the hosts in a 5-match T20I series played prior to the ODIs. Thus, even though the momentum was in their favor, India could not register a single win. It can be argued that India did not have the services of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan in the batting unit but given how high India is ranked in the ICC rankings, they should have had proper backup options.
They had scored a mammoth score of 347 runs in the first ODI and still ended up losing while in the second match, India could not chase down the target of 274 runs. KL Rahul’s brilliant century took them to a total of 296 runs in the final ODI however, Colin de Grandhomme’s brisk innings ensured that the visitors lose the series 3-0. This defeat will impact India in the ICC ODI rankings besides, Virat Kohli’s captaincy skills will also come under the scanner because of this loss.
Here are the 10 best tweets from India’s clean sweep loss against New Zealand in the ODIs.
Jasprit Bumrah in
1st ODI – 10-1-53-0
2nd ODI – 10-0-64-0
3rd ODI – 10-0-50-0
Total – 30-1-167-0
Went Wicketless in All 3 Games!
— CriCkeT KinG🤴🏻💎 (@imtheguy007) February 11, 2020
— Aryan (@Aryann45_) February 11, 2020
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) February 11, 2020
Winning is a habit and certainly need to make sure of that no matter what format we play. Hopefully team India will bounce in the test series. Well done @BLACKCAPS for winning the one day series… #NZvIND
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) February 11, 2020
Kohli 75 runs from 3 innings. Bumrah 0/167 from 30 overs.
Result: 3-0. #NZvInd
— Raunak Kapoor (@RaunakRK) February 11, 2020
India couldn't chase 274 and couldn't defend 347 and 296.
New Zealand outplayed India in all departments in all 3 games and are deserved winners of the One Day Series. Many congratulations @BLACKCAPS for making it 3-0 #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/HcSqJgj4ah
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) February 11, 2020
India couldn't defend 347 and 296.
They couldn't chase 273.
Bumrah couldn't take a wicket.
Kohli couldn't score a ton.
India looked completely incompetent against the hosts, after winning the T20I series 5-0. #NZvInd
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) February 11, 2020
India's Last 7 Odis in SENA Countries (Without Rohit Sharma)
Lost vs Eng
Lost vs Eng
N/R vs Aus
Lost vs Eng
Lost vs NZ
Lost vs NZ
Lost vs NZ*#NZvIND
— CricBeat (@Cric_beat) February 11, 2020
What's common between Shardul Thakur and Manoj Tiwari?
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) February 11, 2020
After being whitewashed in T20's , great effort from New Zealand to whitewash India in the One day Series.
Bumrah being wicketless in the series was a big factor. #NZvIND
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 11, 2020