New Zealand vs India ODI series ended 3-0 in favour of the Kiwis after a disappointing T20 series defeat
New Zealand vs India: The Kiwis sailed to their third consecutive ODI victory at home after they comfortably chased down a target of 297 runs with 5 wickets in hand in the final match at Bay Oval.
Veteran New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor, who scored 194 runs in three innings, which included a century and a half-century, was adjudged Man of the Series. Henry Nicholls, on the other hand, won the Man of the Match award for his crucial innings of 80 from 103 balls that helped the Kiwis register their third straight win.
The two sides will now gear up for the upcoming 2-match Test series that will kick off from February 21 at the Basin Reserve in Wellington. Meanwhile, let’s take a look at the Indian players’ performance ratings in the recently concluded ODI series.
New Zealand vs India ODI series: India player ratings
Prithvi Shaw – 5/10
The young and talented debutant clearly had some big shoes to fill in the absence of the experienced Rohit Sharma. In his first-ever ODI series, the Mumbai cricketer managed scores of just 20, 24, and 40 respectively. Despite some good starts, he never really managed to convert those runs into big scores and did not have the best of debuts.
Mayank Agarwal – 2/10
Another ODI debutant, Mayank Agarwal was brought into the side after a successful display in Test cricket for India. However, it was a series to forget for the opener, whose best score was 32 runs from the first match. In the other two matches together, he garnered a mere four runs, which might not sit well with the selectors when they consider him in the coming future.
Virat Kohli – 5/10
It proved to be a frustrating outing for the Indian captain, who seemed clueless both as a leader and as a batsman. Other than a half-century (51) in the first game, Kohli’s scores deteriorated, making just 15 and 9 in the last two matches as he struggled with his form.
Shreyas Iyer – 8.5/10
The 25-year-old batsman seemed to have sorted the conundrum that loomed upon India’s No.4 spot with some excellent displays with the bat. He amassed a total of 217 runs in 3 innings and emerged as the tournament’s top-scorer and the only silver lining in the Indian squad which failed in all other departments. His knock in the series involved a century and two half-centuries.
KL Rahul – 7/10
After an excellent T20 series against the Kiwis, Rahul did not disappoint as he emerged as the second-highest run-getter in the series with 204 runs. He scored a century in the third and final ODI but in vain as India faltered in the match against the hosts. However, Rahul has proved that he is an inevitable member of the squad and is comfortable playing anywhere in the top-order.
Kedar Jadhav – 4/10
Jadhav managed poor scores of 26 and 9 in the first two ODI’s, which saw him get dropped for the final game. After those disappointing scores, uncertainty still looms around his role as a finisher.
Manish Pandey – 7/10
It was a surprise when 30-year-old Manish Pandey was overlooked for the first two ODI’s after a stupendous show in the T20 series earlier. However, he still impressed by scoring a crucial 42 runs in the dead rubber in Mount Maunganui.
Ravindra Jadeja – 7/10
Jadeja has shut down his critics by evolving himself into a reliable all-rounder for India in recent times. He scored a significant 55 in the second ODI but failed to win the game as India lost by 22 runs. He also bowled with discipline but could manage just 2 wickets from 3 games.
Shardul Thakur – 4.5/10
The 28-year-old finished with four wickets but questions still arise on the seamer’s selection after he gave away plenty of runs.
Kuldeep Yadav – 3/10
After a brilliant start to his career, Kuldeep seems to be going through one of the most troubled phases of his career and was dropped for the final two ODI’s after giving away 84 runs from 10 overs in the first game.
Mohammed Shami – 4/10
The Bengal pacer played just one game and was rested for the rest of the games with the upcoming Test series in mind. However, despite his heroics in recent times, he was ineffective when he played.
Jasprit Bumrah – 4/10
One of the best in the business not in just India but around the world in all three formats of the game, Bumrah failed to deliver in New Zealand. He ended wicketless in all the three matches he played.
Yuzvendra Chahal – 8/10
Chahal was introduced into the side after Kuldeep’s horrendous show and he quickly delivered by taking six wickets from 2 games and emerging as the series’ highest wicket-taker. He was the only bright spot in a bowling line-up that proved to be a disappointment.
Navdeep Saini – 4/10
Saini was roped in as a replacement for Shami in the final two ODI’s but couldn’t make much of a difference as he finished wicketless. However, he played an invaluable knock of 45 with the bat in the lost cause in the second ODI.
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