- Vidhanshu Kumar
- Sports reporter for PRESS24 NEWS Hindi
India beat New Zealand by a huge margin of 90 runs in Indore, winning the series 3–0 and also grabbed the number one position in the ICC ODI rankings.
In the ICC rankings, India is number one with 114 points, while England is second with 113 points, Australia is third with 112 points and New Zealand is fourth with 111 points.
This victory was special in many ways. Firstly winning 3-0 over New Zealand was not an easy thing. But in all these matches India won by a big margin.
New Zealand is the same team that also defeated India in the 2019 World Cup and lost to England in a thrilling final.
Before India, the New Zealand team was on a tour of Pakistan, where they defeated Babar Azam’s team 2-1 in 3 matches.
It is obvious that the Black Caps had come to India with great confidence, but the 3-0 defeat in ODIs also dented their spirits.
On the other hand, the Indian team defeated a strong Kiwi team after defeating Sri Lanka by 3-0.
Winning six consecutive matches at home has made a good streak for Team India and as experts often say that winning is a habit, then Team India has tried to make the same habit.
With this kind of victory, the confidence of the team also increases for the World Cup to be held in India this year.
Indian captain Rohit Sharma also said that to win a tournament like World Cup you have to win 7-8 games, so in that sense this result has proved to be a good practice for India.
Shubman Gill’s Dhoom
The biggest gift for India in this series was the form of Shubman Gill. Gill has shown excellent form by scoring 3 centuries in the last 4 matches. He has made a new record for India by scoring 360 runs in 3 matches in the series.
His average in these three matches was 180, in which 208 runs in the first match contributed a lot. Former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson told that Gill’s batting shows tremendous timing and he does not just use strength.
Gill and Rohit Sharma complement each other, especially in the kind of shots they play and the areas in which they shoot.
But the best thing for Gill and the Indian team is that his strike rate is continuously getting better.
In this series, he has batted at a strike rate of 129, which very few players can maintain in ODI cricket.
Indian captain Rohit Sharma had scored a half-century in the last match and has rested his bat by scoring a century in this match.
Rohit Sharma has scored 101 runs in 85 balls in Indore, which included 6 sixes and 9 fours.
This was his 30th century in ODIs and with this he has also equaled Ricky Ponting’s 30 centuries.
After the match, Rohit has said that this century is very important for him because he was batting well for a long time but was craving for a three-figure score.
During the commentary, Sanjay Manjrekar also praised Rohit and said that Rohit batted fast in his natural style, which is a good sign.
rest of the batsmen expected to do better than
If you remove the batting of Gill and Rohit Sharma in the series, then no other top order batsman played a big innings.
The third highest scorer of the series in the team was Hardik Pandya who scored 82 runs in 2 innings.
Batsmen like Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav and Ishaan Kishan averaged 22 or less in this series, which you can call disappointing, because if Shubman Gill’s runs were removed from the Indian score, India might have lost all the matches.
Where Virat Kohli scored 2 centuries in the last series. At the same time, could score only 55 runs in 3 innings against the Kiwis.
Suryakumar Yadav’s highest score in the series was 31 while Ishaan Kishan scored a total of 30 runs in 3 innings.
By the way, these three batsmen have shown good form before this series, so the Indian team will hope that they will return soon amidst big scores.
Siraj became the main weapon
Although Shubman Gill’s runs indicate his best performance in this series, but the player who played the most important role with him was Mohammad Siraj. He took 5 wickets in two matches and that too at a time when the team was in dire need of wickets.
The good thing about Siraj is that whether it is Test, T20 or ODI, he is taking wickets in all formats. He has improved a lot in his game and in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah has handled the bowling command of the team very well.
He has bowled very effectively in the home conditions of the Indian pitch and his place in the World Cup team is almost confirmed.
Kuldeep came true on every occasion
Kuldeep Yadav took 6 wickets in the series with an economy of 5.46. Captain Rohit Sharma was also happy with his performance and also said that the more matches a finger spinner gets, the better he will get.
If the team management is also thinking like this, then it is a good sign. Because it has often been seen that despite the best performance, if a player has to be removed from the team, then Kuldeep’s name comes first in it.
Apart from Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal also played well. He got a chance to play only in the last match in which he took 2 wickets for 43 runs.
In this series, all the Indian bowlers took wickets and the biggest thing was that in all the matches, India completely bowled out the Kiwi team, which is a sign of strong bowling.
looking for all rounder
Washington Sundar was tried as an all-rounder in this series. Last year, after Ravindra Jadeja was injured, Akshar Patel got a place in the playing eleven and he performed strongly with both bat and ball.
Indian selectors needed a backup all-rounder, so Sundar got opportunities in this series.
Sundar scored 21 runs in 2 innings of ODIs, in which the highest score was 12. Also he took 2 wickets in 3 innings of bowling.
Being more defensive in bowling is probably fine for T20, but it proves to be a weakness in ODIs.
Accordingly, this series was mixed for Sundar and he must not have given Akshar Patel sleepless nights.
At the same time, Shardul Thakur is also being seen as an all-rounder. He has got very few opportunities but he has taken good advantage of those opportunities.
Even in the last match played in Indore, he first had a good partnership with Hardik Pandya.
He scored 25 runs in 17 balls and showed his utility with the bat.
After that he took 3 wickets of the Kiwi team and brought the Indian team on the path of victory.
The specialty of Shardul is that he always wants to take wickets.
Although, his career economy is 6 which is quite high, but he also gives the team breakthroughs consistently. In this series, he took 6 wickets in 3 innings, which proved to be the most along with Kuldeep Yadav.
Captain Rohit Sharma also praised Thakur fiercely and said that people in the team call Shardul by the name of magician or magician.
At the same time, the team’s established all-rounder Hardik Pandya contributed with both bat and ball. He bowled long spells in all the three matches which is good news for the team as he was slowly increasing his responsibility in bowling after the injury.
Hardik was also pleased with his bowling form and said after the match, “After returning from injury, my bowling action has become straighter, due to which I am now able to swing the ball both ways.”
Overall, this has proved to be a good series for India, which has greatly boosted the morale of the team.
At present, the Indian team is the number one team in T20 in the ICC rankings and has now become the number one team in ODIs as well.
By winning the home series against Australia next month, the Indian team would also like to top the Test rankings.
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