After completely dismantling New Zealand on their own home soil 5-0 in the T20Is, India went on to lose the three-match ODI series 3-0. It was a remarkable and sensational effort by the hosts to stage a brilliant comeback after the hard drubbing in the five-match T20I series. New Zealand have now defeated India in four back-to-back ODI matches including the 2019 World Cup semi-final encounter.
After the second ODI loss, Indian captain Virat Kohli mentioned a shocking statement when he said that ODIs aren’t that relevant this year as compared to T20Is and Test matches. India’s leggie Yuzvendra Chahal stamped authority on his captain’s words and stated that the ODI series whitewash suffered against New Zealand is not that important and much to ponder about. Chahal rather emphasised on the importance of considering the positives that includes the first-ever 5-0 T20I series win.
“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,” quoted Yuzvendra Chahal.
“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, first time, that’s a positive for us as well,” the bowler added.