‘Name: Blackcaps, Work: Whitewash’ – Virender Sehwag praises New Zealand for whitewashing India in the ODI series
The Kiwis won the final ODI by five wickets with 17 balls to spare.
Updated - Feb 11, 2020 4:06 pm
New Zealand were beaten black and blue by Team India in the five-match T20I series. Despite running the Men in Blue close in three out of the five games, the Black Caps lost by a margin of 5-0. In Hamilton and Wellington, the Kiwis floundered in the Super Over. The series could easily have been 3-2 in favour of the hosts, but Virat Kohli and Co struck gold in the right moments.
Going into the three-match ODI series, the odds were well and truly stacked against New Zealand. But the team came out firing on all cylinders. This time around, the home team inflicted their opponent with a 3-0 whitewash. In the first ODI at the Seddon Park in Hamilton, Ross Taylor’s century took them over the finishing line in a run-chase that started at nearly seven rpo.
New Zealand rise from the ashes
It was Taylor’s partnership with Latham that gave the Kiwis an important 1-0 lead. In the second match at the Eden Park in Auckland, the Black Caps had to strain every sinew. But Taylor and debutant Kyle Jamieson’s stand carried them to a respectable score. In the run-chase, India lost wickets at regular intervals. But Ravindra Jadeja and Navdeep Saini kept them in the game.
The duo played some sterling shots, but their efforts went in vain and the home team took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series. Even in the third ODI at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, the hosts didn’t drop their guard by any means. They restricted India to under 300 despite KL Rahul’s 113-ball 112. Thereafter, Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls put on 106 for the opening wicket.
Their stand set the platform and New Zealand chased down 297 with ease. For India, a number of their players couldn’t deliver. One of them was Jasprit Bumrah, who couldn’t get a single wicket in the series. Sehwag felt that Bumrah going wicketless turned out to be a huge factor in the series. The Nawab of Najafgarh also congratulated New Zealand on their strong comeback.
He took to Twitter and wrote, “Name- @BLACKCAPS Work- Whitewash. After being whitewashed in T20’s , great effort from New Zealand to whitewash India in the One day Series. Bumrah being wicketless in the series was a big factor. #NZvIND,”
Here is Sehwag’s tweet
After being whitewashed in T20's , great effort from New Zealand to whitewash India in the One day Series.
Bumrah being wicketless in the series was a big factor. #NZvIND
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 11, 2020