New Zealand vs India, 2019: Combined ODI XI

New Zealand vs India, 2019: Combined ODI XI

There were some great performances on display from players of both the teams in this series and here are the best of them all.

Indian team
Indian team. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Beating New Zealand in their own den is one of the toughest tasks for any touring side. But, the current Indian team is playing such dominant cricket that the Blackcaps had no answers to the assault. The hosts were thumped all ends up by a margin of 4-1 in the five-match series as the ‘Men in Blue’ clinched the series trophy with all authority.

This is the first-ever instance when India won four matches in an ODI series in New Zealand. There were some great performances on display from players of both the teams in this series. However, it was the Indian players who performed better collectively than the New Zealand team and the results were quite evident.

Here is the combined XI from both the teams after the ODI series:

1. Shikhar Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan. (Photo by Kerry Marshall/Getty Images)

Don’t go by his performance in the last two ODIs of the series. It isn’t easy to counter such swinging conditions even for the best batsmen in the world. In the first three ODIs (first two in particular), Shikhar Dhawan showed how dangerous a player he can be. He was comfortable driving the ball, he timed it well and got big scores.

Remember, he didn’t have the best of series against Australia and doing well in New Zealand conditions is never easy. His scores in the first three games are 75*, 66 and 28 and was hitting the ball extremely well. The left-hander finished as the second highest run-scorer in the series with 187 runs at an average of 47.