Kiwis hand over India worst defeat in tour down under

New Zealand beat India by 5 wickets to take the ODI series 3-0

This is India’s first ODI series whitewash since 1997

Henry Nicholls top scored with 80 as New Zealand chased down 297 in the final ODI

Mt. Maunganui: KL Rahul struck a combative 112 but New Zealand completed a 3-0 whitewash of India by winning the third ODI by five wickets, on Tuesday. Rahul helped India recover from a shaky start to post a challenging 296 for 7 but the Kiwis overhauled the target with 17 balls to spare.

This is first whitewash that India has suffered in an ODI series in more than a decade. For the first time in 31 years, India were whitewashed in an ODI series with 3 or more matches. This is only the 3rd time of such an instance in India’s ODI cricket history. While India had been whitewashed (in 2 match series) 4 times before the 1983 World Cup, the instance of oppositions clean sweeping India in ODIs had become a rarity since the landmark win in England. In the absence of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli ranked No. 1 on ODI charts, failed to step up and deliver.

India will now play a 2-Test series vs New Zealand from February 2.

We didn’t deserve to win: kohli

Virat Kohli looked dejected after the defeat in a series. It was a first for Kohli, too, as Indian captain.

However, Kohli admitted that India did not deserve to win and New Zealand did because the hosts showed better “composure under pressure”.

This defeat is not something too serious to ponder over: Chahal

India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal downplayed the impact of India’s historic 3-0 whitewash, saying the Asian giants can’t be winning every series they play. “Overall, if you see it is just the fourth or fifth series loss in the last 4-5 years. You cannot win every match. We have won one series, lost the other, so it is not something too serious to ponder over,” Chahal said after the loss.