Zero hundreds, bowlers shine as India continue overseas domination in ODIs

first_imgThree batsmen came close to scoring hundreds in the New Zealand-India ODI series but by the end of five matches across Napier, Mount Maunganui, Hamilton and Wellington, the likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson managed none.Virat Kohli played the first three ODIs before taking a break. Rohit Sharma scored 87 but fell short of his 23rd hundred. Ross Taylor fell seven short of a hundred in Mount Maunganui while Ambati Rayudu came within 10 runs of a well-deserved hundred in the final match in Wellington.Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma scored 11 hundreds between them in ODIs last year. Both men scored a hundred each in Australia but not even two of limited-overs cricket’s biggest stalwarts could break the hundred drought in New Zealand.The India-New Zealand series was expected to be a high-scoring affair but it was India’s bowlers who stood out. Ambati Rayudu (190) and Shikhar Dhawan (188) were the top scorers in the series while Ross Taylor (177) finished as the top scorer for New Zealand.Mohammed Shami turned it around for India with his nine wickets in four matches. He was named man-of-the-series and stood out with his pace and consistency. Trent Boult was the highest wicket-taker in the series but 8 of his 12 wickets came in the final two ODIs and the series was already India’s by then.India’s wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav had another big say in another big win for India in an overseas ODI series triumph. The duo had rocked South Africa with their guile last year. Against the Black Caps, Chahal played all 5 ODIs and snared 9 wickets; Kuldeep took 8 wickets from 4 ODIs.advertisement Chahal and Kuldeep had another big say in another big win for India in an overseas ODI series triumph (AP Photo)Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who is happy to play the supporting role to both Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, played all 5 ODIs and had 7 wickets to show for his efforts.Besides the regular bowlers, India were well served by their all-rounders. Kedar Jadhav picked 3 wickets but conceded only 103 runs in 19 overs.Hardik Pandya, who flew back to join the Indian team after his suspension, played the last three ODIs and bowled his heart out. In 21 overs, Pandya gave away 110 runs and picked 4 wickets.India won the series 4-1 and their triumph gave them a glimpse into what to expect at the World Cup. For the last few years, India have been overly dependent on the top-three: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli. To see Rayudu emerge as the top run scorer in the series should be encouraging.Looks like the “JOSH” in the squad is “HIGH SIR”‘HOWS THE JOSH’ – @vickykaushal09 #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/bzsB5EelBdBCCI (@BCCI) February 3, 2019The series really belonged to the bowlers, who have been India’s heroes in their long overseas journey which started in South Africa in early 2018.Shami, Bhuvneshwar, Chahal and Kuldeep were relentless and they were well supported by Pandya and Jadhav.If the ODI series triumph in South Africa was highlighted by Virat Kohli, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, the victory in Australia was a tribute to MS Dhoni’s fitness and the victory in New Zealand was a teaser on what India’s bowlers can do even against some of the most aggressive batsmen in world cricket.Also Read | Why MS Dhoni ran from Yuzvendra Chahal after India clinched ODI series 4-1 vs New ZealandAlso Read | Watch: MS Dhoni advises Kedar Jadhav in Marathi as India trounce New ZealandAlso Read | Watch: Shikhar Dhawan does the bhangra as Bharat Army play the dhol after India win 5th ODIAlso Read | MS Dhoni moves up 3 places in ICC ODI rankings after sensational run in Australialast_img

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