Virat Kohli scored just 75 runs in 3 matches while Jasprit Bumrah went wicketless in the series as India suffered their worst ODI series in 23 years. India had last been whitewashed 5-0 by the West Indies in a bilateral ODI series with 3 or more matches.
Chasing 297 in the final match of the series at Mount Maunganui on Wednesday, New Zealand cruised to victory. In the opening match of the series, Ross Taylor’s hundred had helped New Zealand gun down 347 while a brilliant effort by the Black Caps in Auckland meant India could not chase down a middling 274.
On Wednesday, India’s bowlers were clueless. Yet again, the Indians failed to make any breakthroughs in the first 10 overs. Yuzvendra Chahal bowled a ripper to get Martin Guptill for 66 but by then he had added 106 for the first wicket with Henry Nicholls.
Kane Williamson (22) and Ross Taylor (12) did not score big but Henry Nicholls’s 80 kept the hosts in the hunt even when they lost a few quick wickets in the middle.
With the asking rate climbing up, Tom Latham, Colin de Grandhomme and James Neesham hit some lusty blows to take New Zealand home. After the heartbreak of the World Cup final at Lord’s last year, this was a dream comeback to ODIs for New Zealand, who had been whitewashed 5-0 by India in the T20I series.
India had already lost the series on Sunday after back-to-back defeats in Hamilton and Auckland. And when Virat Kohli said ODIs were irrelevant for his team, this year, it was difficult to comprehend how his men could stay motivated to avoid the humiliation of a 3-0 defeat.