The Indian Cricket Team Whitewashed New Zealand in the 3 Match ODI Series. They won the final ODI match in Indore by 90 runs, stamping their authority yet again in the limited format of the game. With this whitewash, India goes to the Number 1 Position in the ICC ODI Team Ranking. While the Indian team management and the players care little about milestones, you could see the proud faces of the Captain and the Coach when the match finished in India’s favour. New Zealand was given a target of 386 runs. Devon Convoy was the sole Kiwi batsmen who made the Indian team a bit restless, scoring 138 off 100 balls.
The Indian Openers were in fine touch with both Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill reaching their individual centuries in the 3rd ODI against New Zealand. They both got to this milestone in the 26th over. Both took the Kiwi bowlers to the cleaners putting up a double century stand for the opening wicket. India’s first wicket fell at 212 runs with Michael Bracewell sending the Indian Captain back to the pavilion. Shubman Gill was soon to follow his opening partner back to the dugout when he was held out by Conway off the bowling of Tickner. The platform set by these two opening batters was enough for the middle and lower order to settle down and work towards a big First innings total. However, there came a mini collapse with Virat, Kishan and Surya all getting out without disturbing the scorers much. Hardik Pandya chipped in with a swift half century and Thakur made a quick 25 to reach 385/9 on a small ground at Indore.
Score Summary – India 385 for 9 (Gill 112, Rohit 101, Pandya 54, Tickner 3-76, Duffy 3-100) beat New Zealand 295 (Conway 138, Nicholls 42, Thakur 3-45, Kuldeep 3-62, Chahal 2-43) by 90 runs
Player of the Match – Shardul Thakur – I am liked by my teammates (chuckles). When the opponents come after you it’s important to stay in the moment. I don’t think too much. You got to be ready for different situations. Everyone enjoys batting. In modern day world it’s all about batting.
Player of the Series – Shubman Gill – Feels nice when you have a series, and you perform well. I don’t think my approach has changed after the double hundred. It’s all about getting a start and converting every game. Just to be in the situation and looking to score helps convert those starts for me. Our bowlers bowled really well on this wicket.
Rohit Sharma – Winning Captain (At the Post Match Presentation) – I thought in the last six games we played we did most parts right and that is the key in 50-over games. We were consistent too. Without Siraj and Shami I knew we wanted to give chances to people on the bench. Wanted to get Chahal and Umran in the mix. We wanted to see how they react under pressure. I know we had the runs on the board, but I don’t think any score is safe here. We bowled pretty well, stuck to our plans and held the nerve. Shardul has been doing it for a while. People call him magician in the squad, and he came and delivered. Just need to get more games under his belt. Every time I have given Kuldeep the ball he has given breakthroughs and taken important wickets. The wrist spinners get better with game time. Gill’s approach is quite similar every game. Wants to start afresh every game. As a youngster, coming into the team and to have that attitude is great. He could have taken it lightly but he doesn’t seem to be that type. Today’s hundred means a lot to me. I’ve been batting well, so it was just about going that extra mile. The pitch was good today. Honestly we don’t talk much about rankings. We discuss mainly about doing the right things on the field. Australia is a quality team and things won’t be easy for us but I am pretty sure we will be up for it (BGT series).
Captains Speak (At Toss)-
Tom Latham | New Zealand Captain: We are going to have a bowl, it is a good surface, and it will get better under lights. We have put good performances in the past and will look to put another good performance here. It will be high-scoring and the nature of the boundaries are short. We have got one change; Doug Bracewell comes in for Henry Shipley.
Rohit Sharma | India Captain: We would have batted first, as a team we want to get out and play well. It is a great ground to play in, every time we come here it has been a good score. What is important is to give chance to some of the new guys who haven’t had a game and see how they go. We have got two changes – Shami and Siraj are out, Umran and Chahal are in.
Toss – New Zealand Won the Toss and opted to Bowl.
Pitch Report – “Not the biggest stadiums going around. 60-61m on the sides, 69m straight and just 54 behind the stumps. It is going to be tough for the bowlers,” says Danny Morrison. Ajit Agarkar adds, “You saw a bit of joy for the Indian pacers up front. I don’t think that is going to be the case here. There is an even covering of grass through the middle of the pitch to hold it together and as the evening progresses, the ball will only skid on. Bare patches closer to the batters but I don’t think it is going to matter because the pitch looks very firm and good for batting. If anything, because it’s an afternoon start, might hold on a bit in the start of the innings, but it will only keep getting better and it’s a batting day.”
New Zealand: 1 Finn Allen, 2 Devon Conway, 3 Henry Nicholls, 4 Daryl Mitchell, 5 Tom Latham (capt & wk), 6 Glenn Phillips, 7 Michael Bracewell, 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Jacob Duffy, 10 Blair Tickner, 11 Lockie Ferguson
India: 1 Rohit Sharma (capt), 2 Shubman Gill, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Ishan Kishan (wk), 5 Suryakumar Yadav, 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Washington Sundar, 8 Shardul Thakur, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Yuzvendra Chahal, 11 Umran Malik
Coach Rahul Dravid Says – Rahul Dravid in a pre-match conference stated that, “No match is a formality when you’re playing for India.” Although it’s a dead-rubber here in Indore, the players from both sides will have fire burning in their bellies – the Men in Blue will be striving to whitewash the Kiwis whereas the latter will look to show their class and garner some pride. Expect a run-fest in Indore.’