India have never managed to win an ODI series in New Zealand after losing the series opener. Having lost the 1st ODI in Hamilton, can Virat Kohli’s men rewrite history and complete a familiar comeback?
- India have never won an ODI series in New Zealand after losing the opener
- India were beaten in the 1st ODI despite posting 347 on the board
- Pressure on Virat Kohli, KL Rahul to go big in the absence of Rohit Sharma
- After the historic 5-0 whitewash in the T20I series, India were looking set to continue their dominance over New Zealand in the 3-match ODI series. It looked like New Zealand were deflated after finishing on the wrong side of close encounters in T20Is but they came back strong with a stunning win in the ODI series opener on Wednesday.
New Zealand were without captain Kane Williamson, their trio of premier fast bowlers in Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry but that did not stop them from sealing the 1st ODI in Hamilton.
Despite missing Rohit Sharma to an injury, India posted 347 in 50 overs after being sent in to bat in the 1st ODI. Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal, their two debutants, impressed and Shreyas Iyer stepped up with his maiden ODI hundred. Virat Kohli chipped in with a fifty before KL Rahul went berserk in the end overs. The Indian innings followed a familiar script. New Zealand’s did not.
Led by a solid hundred from senior campaigner Ross Taylor, New Zealand gunned down the total with relative ease. Tom Latham’s stunning cameo made sure the hosts did not choke like they did so many times in the T20I series.
For the 1st time in the series, the pressure is on India now. There is not much time to make a comeback in a 3-match series and New Zealand will be keen on continuing the good work when they meet in the 2nd ODI on Saturday in Auckland.
However, India have headed to New Zealand after having been in familiar situations in the recent past.
0-1 to 2-1 against West Indies
In a 3-match series against a spirited West Indies side last year, India were trailing 0-1 before they completed a comeback and took the series 2-1.
West Indies stunned India in Chennai on December 15 by gunning down a 288-run target with ease to go 1-0 up in the series. However, hundreds from Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul made sure India leveled the series in Vizag after posting 387.
India took the 3rd ODI and eventually the series with a 4-wicket win over West Indies in Cuttack last year.
0-1 to 2-1 against Australia this year
Only this year, India faced another situation where they were put under pressure by Australia. Aaron Finch’s visiting team thrashed India in the series opener in Mumbai, gunning down a 256-run target without losing a wicket.
India bounced back yet again!
With the Big 3 — Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan firing, India posted 340 in the 2nd ODI in Rajkot and sealed a 36-run win.
A Rohit Sharma hundred in the series decider in Bengaluru helped India take a hard-fought series 2-1.
Stat alert: India have never won an ODI series in New Zealand after losing the opener
India have been there and done that. However, the onus to get the big runs will be on Virat Kohli and KL Rahul in the absence of Rohit Sharma who has stepped up under pressure in the series against West Indies and Australia.
Moreover, history in New Zealand doesn’t favour India as the visitors have never won a series wherein they have lost the opening match. India have managed 2 series wins in New Zealand (4-1 in 2019 and 3-1 in 2008-09) and on both those occasions, they began the series on a winning note.