Jasprit Bumrah was unable to pick a wicket once again as India failed to defend 296 in the final ODI against New Zealand in Mount Maunganui on Tuesday.
- Jasprit Bumrah is the No. 1 ranked bowler in ODI cricket
- Bumrah had never gone wicketless for more than 2 ODIs in a row before this series
- This is the first time Bumrah has failed to pick up a single wicket in a ODI bilateral series
Apart from the series whitewash, Jasprit Bumrah’s form ahead of the Test series will be a huge cause for concern for Virat Kohli’s Indian team as he once again failed to pick up a wicket in the third and final ODI against New Zealand on Tuesday.
Ranked No. 1 in the 50-over format, Bumrah’s wicketless run has now stretched to four ODIs in succession since his return to the Indian limited-overs team in January, following his back injury. Before this series, Bumrah had never gone wicketless for more than 2 ODIs in a row.
This is also the first time he has failed to pick up a single wicket in a bilateral ODI series.
He finished with 0 for 50 in 10 overs in Mount Maunganui while in the first two matches he had figures of 0 for 64 and 0 for 53 respectively. In all he has bowled 30 overs for 167 runs with 1 maiden to his name.
Bumrah in fact, has managed to pick just 1 wicket in his last 6 ODIs in 2020 but has fared better in the shortest format with 8 wickets in 7 T20Is this year.
The lack of wickets picked by Bumrah and the rest of the fast bowlers contributed to India’s three successive losses as New Zealand easily chased down 297 in Mount Maunganui to sweep the series 3-0.
The Black Caps rode on excellent knocks from Henry Nicholls (80), Martin Guptill (66) and Colin de Grandhomme (54 not out) to cross the finish line with 5 wickets in hand and 17 balls to spare.
Yuzvendra Chahal was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 47 while Shardul Thakur and Ravindra Jadeja bagged one each but the target was just not big enough to stop the rampaging Kiwis.
This is the first time since 1989 that India have been whitewashed by a team in an ODI bilateral series consisting of 3 or more matches. The hosts also exacted revenge for the 5-0 whitewash that they suffered against India in the T20I series prior to this.