IND vs NZ: 5 reasons why Virat Kohli’s army got the series badly?

India, who won the T20I series 5–0 on New Zealand’s ground, lost the ODI series 3–0. Hosts replaced one clean-sweep with another clean-sweep. Team India, which looked different in T20I series, remained anxious in the ODI series. India could not defend 347 nor chase 273 in the ODI series. The third consecutive ODI series was done in which Kohli could not hit the century. For the first time, Jasprit Bumrah did not get a single wicket. In the one-day series filled with all such incidents, Team India could not become the second-best team.

Throughout the series, New Zealand kept guests on the backfoot. In the first match, India lost by making 347. Then he could not achieve the target of 273 in the second match. In the third ODI, India again batted first and scored 296 runs. In response, New Zealand won the match very easily. Let us tell you the reason for this bad situation.

Bumrah’s poor form

Jasprit Bumrah is the match-winner. One of the best bowlers in the world. Be it the start of the match or the death overs, Bumrah has always been taking wickets for India. Recently he has returned from injury. The biggest thing about this comeback is that nobody will want to remember this return of Bumrah. Neither Bumrah nor his fans. Bumrah was hurt after the World Cup. He returned from the ODI series against Australia in January this year after this injury. After this comeback, Bumrah’s performance has not been as expected.

In the last six matches, Bumrah has been able to take just one wicket. This wicket of Bumrah came in the second match of the three-match ODI series against Australia. In the subsequent four consecutive matches, he has not been able to take a single wicket. If you look at the series against New Zealand, here Bumrah bowled 30 overs in three matches. In these overs, he gave 167 runs with a maiden. Bumrah, who gave runs from the economy of 5.56, has not been able to take a single wicket in a series for the first time.

Awesome Ross Taylor

India did wonders in the first match of the series. First batting put 347 runs code. Everyone felt that now the match will be over. But this did not happen. Ross Taylor and Tom Latham together dwarfed this goal. The opening by Martin Guptill and Henry Nickels was fiercely capitalized by Taylor and Latham. Together, the two assured New Zealand that 348 runs can also be chased.

Nickels hit 69 runs on just 48 balls. He was dismissed at a total of 309 in the 42nd over. Ross Taylor remained unbeaten on 109 from 84 balls and put the match in New Zealand.

Taylor was once again not out in the second match. Here, he scored 73-run restrained innings on 74 balls to lead New Zealand to a total of 273. Taylor kept New Zealand in the midst of successive falling wickets and was not out for the second consecutive match. He could not play long innings in the third match but this does not reduce his contribution in this series.

Bad bowling of India

This series was very disappointing for the Indian bowlers. Seven bowlers from India were able to take only 15 wickets in this series. The most successful Indian bowler in this series was Yuzvendra Chahal. Chahal, who played only two matches in the series, took 6 wickets for 105 runs in his 20 overs. He was the most successful bowler in this series.

Shardul Thakur got just four wickets in 28.1 overs from three matches. Kuldeep played a match and took two wickets. However, in this match, he scored 84 runs in his 10 overs. While Ravindra Jadeja got two wickets in 30 overs from three matches, Mohammed Shami played only one match and took one wicket in it. Apart from Bumrah, Navdeep Saini, who played two matches, also did not get wickets.

On the other hand, looking at the hosts, their seven bowlers together took 19 wickets. The most successful bowler for New Zealand was Hamish Bennett, who took six wickets in his name. Tim Southee got four, Jamison and Grandhom three each while Jimmy Neesham got two wickets. One wicket came in Ish Sodhi’s account. Mitchell Santner did not get a single wicket. The difference of wickets on paper is not very big, but every wicket taken by the New Zealand bowlers came to their advantage. Whereas Indian Bollers cannot say the same.

Fielding sinks

Team India played very poorly in this entire series. Captain Virat Kohli criticized his team’s fielding after almost every match. Kohli said after the third match,

I think that in the first match we were very much in competition. Our composer and fielding in all three matches was not of international cricket level. The way we returned was a positive thing. We were not at all good at fielding.

After these comments by Kohli, there is not much to say. It is clear from these comments that how bad the Indian team did in this series.

Bad team selection

Team selection has a big role in the victory of any team. One of the most important moments before a match is team selection. What kind of team you choose on paper affects a lot of things. The Indian team management fielded Kedar Jadhav as an all-rounder in the first two ODIs.

All-rounder means a player who can do both batting, bowling and fielding. Talking about Jadhav’s batting, he scored 35 runs in two innings of two matches. In the first match, he played quick and useful innings of 26 runs. But in the second match, his limit was revealed. Jadhav came after Rahul’s dismissal in this match.

Jadhav came to the crease in the 14th over itself. Shreyas Iyer was with him. From here he had a full chance to prove himself. But Jadhav missed it. India had to score less than five runs per over to win. Only by rotating the strike could work but Jadhav did not do that either. If he had stayed with Iyer on a small field, then the match would have gone easily. But he managed to catch Nichols at Saudi ball by making just nine buns in 27 balls.

Jadhav did not bowl a single over in both the matches. In this way, the quality of the bowling was left intact. And in Fielding too, he did something that should be discussed. Manish Pandey became constantly ignorant of the opportunity to give Jadhav a chance. Eventually, he got a chance in the last match of the series.

Pandey, who played brilliant innings in the fifth match of the T20I series, proved himself once again. Pandey played decent innings of 42 runs on 48 balls. He also shared a 107-run partnership for the fifth wicket with Rahul.

Not only this, but the team management also fielded Shardul Thakur, who was constantly beaten by sitting Mohammad Shami. In the entire series, he did not even give the pair of Yuzvendra and Kuldeep once. Yuzi, who played only two matches, was the highest wicket-taker player for India.

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