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New Zealand vs India: 5 takeaways for Virat Kohli and Co from the ODI series whitewash

India delivered a forgetful performance in the ODI series in all departments and the Men in Blue were completely outplayed by New Zealand.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo by MICHAEL BRADLEY/AFP via Getty Images)

After the culmination of the T20I series, India looked prime favourites to wrap up this ODI series after their comprehensive 5-0 series win against the Kiwis in the T20 leg but the fortunes have changed and how.

India delivered a forgetful performance in the ODI series in all departments and the Men in Blue were completely outplayed by a New Zealand side that was missing their big guns in Trent Boult and Kane Williamson (played only the last ODI). Despite Kohli terming this as the most irrelevant format of this year, there might be a need to introspect after a series whitewash.

Let’s take a look at the five key takeaways for India from this 3-0 series whitewash from the hand of the BlackCaps:

1. Shreyas Iyer should be given a long run at No. 4

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

New Zealand conditions are hard for run making and on your first tour with the national side it can be quite a challenge but Shreyas Iyer answered all the doubters about his ability to play in foreign conditions with his maiden ODI 100 in the first ODI.

Coming in to bat at a very difficult situation in a pitch that had not of seam movement. He showed great composure in playing out a tight spell of good fast bowling and then decided to play his shots. Iyer showed his great ability to build an innings and to pace the onslaught at the right time.

Iyer has scored 50+ plus scores in all three innings this series and has easily been India’s standout batsman this series. This tour has been very successful for him in both the ODIs and T20Is as he has gone to feel very established and developed a sense of belonging in international cricket and Iyer will take a lot of confidence from this tour heading forward.

Since April 2015 when you compare Shreyas Iyer with other players who have batted at no 4, this is how his stats line up–  13 players who have played at No.4 position in 91 innings average about 35.14 with only 3 hundreds. Meanwhile, Iyer in his 8 innings at No. 4 so far averages 56.85 with one hundred under his belt.

The most impressive facet of Iyer’s batting has been the maturity and responsibility he has shown to tone down his aggressive instinct and play for the team’s cause. Shreyas Iyer is India’s leading run-scorer in this series after amassing a total of 217 runs in the 3 matches this series at an impressive average of 72.33.

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