Yuzvendra Chahal Not Worried After ODI Series Whitewash In New Zealand
The hosts New Zealand managed to clean-sweep the visitors India in the three-match ODI series. However, the Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal is not much concerned about the recent results.
After India clean swept the hosts New Zealand in the five-match T20I series, the visitors faced the same taste in ODI series. Despite scoring 347/4 in the first game at Hamilton, India failed to defend that total as the Black Caps successfully chased their record ODI target.
In the next game at Auckland, the home side defended 273 runs as they won by 22 runs. New Zealand already secured the series with that victory.
The hosts completed the whitewash after winning the third and final ODI at Mount Maunganui on last Tuesday (11th February). While India scored 296/7, the hosts chased down that target in 47.1 overs after losing five wickets.
However, Chahal doesn’t feel worried about this ODI series defeat. After pointing out their recent dominance, Chahal also added that the other team was also there to play.
After the last ODI of the series, Chahal quoted, “Overall, if you see it is just the fourth or fifth series loss in the last 4-5 years. The other team is also here to play. You cannot win every match. We have won one series, lost the other, so it is not something too serious to ponder over.”
While the Indian captain Virat Kohli was disappointed with their fielding, Chahal also admitted that it was the weak spot in this series.
In March, India will play the three-match home ODI series against South Africa, and Chahal believes that the Indian team can improve the fielding before the upcoming ODI series.
He added, “They have played quite extraordinarily in this series. So we need to appreciate that. Poor fielding happens at times. Once in 10 series it happens, we have time until the next ODI series. We have seen what are the shortcomings and we have enough time to work on it before the next series.”
Yuzvendra Chahal also talked about the teammates:
Though India lost the ODI series in New Zealand, the top two leading run-scorers were Indians. While Shreyas Iyer scored 217 runs (average 72.33), KL Rahul managed to score 204 runs (average 102). Chahal praised both for delivering goods.
Chahal said, “You can see the confidence in them. They are 25-26 years old and batting with maturity. They understand the situation well. It is not easy to bat in the middle overs especially when the spinners are bowling. Rahul has also batted up the order at times. So, it shows the maturity that he knows what the team needs.”
Opener Rohit Sharma’s absence has hugely affected the Indian team in the ODI series.
While some newcomers regularly played in this ODI series, including the openers Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal, Chahal feels that they will learn from this tour.
The leg-spinner also pointed out their positive results in this tour.
Chahal claimed, “Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal came into the side, so youngsters got to play outside India. It is not easy to play in New Zealand. But overall if we see, it is just an ODI series. We did win the T20 series 5-0, the first time, that’s a positive for us as well.”
India will end this New Zealand tour with the two-match Test series that will run between 21st February and 4th March.
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