New Zealand vs India, 2020: Combined XI from the ODI series
These players were at their best in the three-match ODI series.
Published - Feb 12, 2020 11:24 am | Updated - Feb 12, 2020 11:24 am
Irrespective of how the T20I series panned out, nobody would’ve expected the result of the three-match ODI series to be 3-0 in favour of New Zealand. India handed a 5-0 drubbing in the T20I series and were favourites going into the ODI rubber as well. In fact, New Zealand were without their frontline pace attack and the visitors were missing their premier white-ball openers.
However, the Kiwis dominated the series and were better in every department. In the first game, on the back of fine knocks from Ross Taylor, Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls, they hunted down a record 348. At Eden Park in Auckland, they held their nerve to defend 273 and took an unbeatable 2-0. In the third game, the Kiwis chased down 297 to inflict a white-wash. It was the first ODI whitewash that India were handed in over 30 years.
The Virat Kohli-led side were outplayed in all departments and the Indian skipper also admitted the same. Thus, with the series coming to an end, we look at the combined XI from the ODI series gone by.
Best XI of the ODI series
1. Martin Guptill
India has been one of the worst opponents for Martin Guptill. His average against them is the lowest amongst all sides he’s faced in ODI cricket. However, this was a series where those numbers have improved and he returned with some very good scores at the top.
The New Zealand opener scored 177 runs and was the third-highest run-getter for the Kiwis in this series. He averaged 59.00 and had a strike-rate of 106.62. Moreover, he got a couple of half-centuries and in fact, it was the first time in his ODI career that Guptill scored back-to-back fifties against India.
Hence, he was the one who gave New Zealand some fast starts. He took the attack to the Indian bowlers and put them under pressure early on. Guptill’s lowest score of the series was 32.