India started their New Zealand trip with a boom, winning the T20I series by a record-breaking 5-0 margin! The men in blue looked in awesome touch. Many termed the whitewash in the shortest format of the game as a sweet revenge of the ICC world cup semifinal loss during last year in England.
Obviously, India were the hot favorite to win the three match ODI series as well. But things began to change rapidly. India lost two back to back ODI and thereby having lost the series to the Kiwis, who definitely staged a brave turn around after being bashed in the T20I series.
The last match of the ODI series will be played on 11th February. But the question is, why Virat Kohli and Co. couldn’t win a single ODI in the series so far? There are many factors which didn’t go in India’s favor. The biggest of them is loosing Rohit Sharma before the ODI series as the Hitman is injured during the T20 game. But having said that, that can’t be an excuse for the poor show from Team India. In the first match, India’s bowling looked pretty ordinary. India scored 340+ runs, yet they had to lose the match. Captain Virat Kohli came and minced no word about the Kiwis. They were clearly the better team on that day and he had to concede that India were a bit clumsy on the field. In the second match, India’s top and middle order failed to fire. This is a serious concern before the T20I world cup, which is going to be held later this year in Australia.
The scenes in ODI series looked similar of what we witnessed during the rain hit semifinal match of world cup in June last year. India didn’t look confident on the field. They repeated their mistakes. The big guns with bat and ball failed to perform. End result, losing the ODI series before heading into the Test series versus New Zealand. Head coach Ravi Shastri and Captain Virat Kohli need to come up with a strategy, especially in ODIs where they looked pretty ordinary off late.


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