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Virat Kohli Accepts India Didn’t Deserve To Win The ODI Series
By CricShots - Feb 11, 2020 4:35 pm
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KL Rahul’s first century no.5 went in vain as New Zealand went on to complete a series whitewash in the three-match series against India which completed at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Tuesday. After losing the five-match T20I series 5-0, New Zealand beat India by five wickets in third and final ODI.

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New Zealand won the ODI series

This is India’s first ODI whitewash in more than three decades for the men in blue. India last suffered a series whitewash in 3+ ODIs against West Indies in 1988-89. Reacting on India’s demoralizing performance in the ODI series, skipper Virat Kohli expressed his displeasure over the visitors’ performance in the ODIs.

During the post-match press conference, Virat said, “The games were not as bad as the scoreline suggests. Batsmen coming back from tough situations was a positive sign for us, but the way we fielded and bowled, the composure wasn’t enough to win games. Didn’t deserve to be on the winning side at all this series.”

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Coming in to bat at no.5 position, Rahul helped India recover from a shaky start to post a challenging 296/ 7 but the Kiwis overhauled the target with 17 balls to spare.

Lauding the hosts for their intensity in the field, the Indian skipper said: “Haven’t played so badly, but we didn’t grab opportunities. It was a good experience for the new guys who came in. They are still finding their feet. They (New Zealand) played with lot more intensity than we did. They deservedly won 3-0.”

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Virat Kohli disappointed with the effort of the team

Speaking about the upcoming two-match Test series, which is scheduled to commence on February 21 in Wellington, the Indian skipper couldn’t hide his excitement for red-ball cricket and spoke about the importance of stepping out with the right mindset.

Kohli signed-off by saying, “We are excited for the Test series. We now have a balanced team. We feel we can win the series, but we need to step out on the park with the right kind of mindset.”

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India and New Zealand will now be playing a two-match Test series commencing in Wellington followed by the second one in Hamilton.