Kiwis bring down high-flying Kohli & Co

Men In Blue suffered their first bilateral series defeat in Auckland against the Black Caps in six years

Auckland: The high-flying Indians have been brought down by the Kiwis in the ODIs but an unperturbed Virat Kohli says this format is not much relevant this year, referring to the fast-approaching T20 World Cup and the engrossing fight for World Test championship.

After the high of T20 series clean sweep, the Indians lost the ODI series after conceding an unassailable 0-2 lead following a 22-run defeat in the second match on Saturday. “These were two pretty good games, great for the fans. I am particularly impressed with how we finished the game. First half we let things slip away. I think Saini and Jadeja showed great character but as I said one-day cricket in this calendar year is not as relevant like T20Is and Tests,” Kohli said.

The T20 World Cup will be held in Australia from October and the Indian team is not playing many ODIs this year. After the ongoing series against New Zealand, India will compete against South Africa in a three-match ODI series, which will be its last in 2020.