After a humiliating defeat on Tuesday, the fingers start to point at India’s ODI team. After the devastating defeat in the semi-finals of the ICC’s mega event last year, New Zealand once again proved their dominance in the fifty over format.
India failed to defend 347, 274 and 297 in the three-match ODI series that led to a complete washout in over twenty years. The guests were no match for the kiwis in the fifty over series and where they witnessed a complete failure on all aspects.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli stated that the team’s performance was not upto the mark throughout the ODI series
“All three games, the composure and the way we fielded wasn’t good enough for international cricket,” Kohli stated during the post match ceremony.
India is well known for it’s chasing capabilities and being put to bat first landed them in serious trouble especially after losing Mayank and Virat himself. Although, Prithvi Shaw and Shreyas Iyer took charge of the situation and later KL Rahul knocked a century but these efforts went in vain after India failed on their fielding part.
“In the field, we weren’t good enough at all,” Virat added.
Kohli congratulated the New Zealand team on their comeback after a disappointing T20 series. “They played with a lot more intensity after the T20 series. They deservedly won 3-0,” he said.
India and New Zealand will meet for the two-match Test series on 21 February onwards and speaking on the same note, Kohli added, “I think because of the Test Championship, every match has that more importance. We have a really balanced Test team and we feel we can win the series here, but we need to step on to the park with the right kind of mindset.”