Reversal of fortunes
A week ago, Team India created history in New Zealand when they won the T20I series 5-0 and thus became the first side in T20I cricket history to do so. However, a week later, they had the ignominy of losing 0-3 to New Zealand in the ODI series. This is the eighth time in their ODI history that India went through an entire series of three or more matches without winning a single game and also thereby losing the series by a margin of 0-3 or more.
Tit for tat for the Kiwis
This incidentally was only New Zealand’s second bilateral series win over India in the last 10 years. The last time India toured New Zealand for an ODI series was in January 2019, when India won the series 4-1. However, on this occasion exactly 13 months later, the Black Caps have extracted their revenge by whitewashing the visitors 3-0.
4000 ODI runs in a country
During the second ODI in Auckland, both Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor completed 4000 ODI runs respectively on New Zealand soil. They became the first two batsmen to do so in New Zealand. Now, in total, 14 batsmen have managed to aggregate 4000 or more runs in a particular country. The full list is given in the graph below.
Tailender shines with the bat
In the second ODI in Auckland, New Zealand’s Kyle Jamieson became the seventh ODI batsman to register a score of 25 or more while batting at number 10 on his ODI debut. Jamieson’s unbeaten 25 is now the second highest by a number 10 on debut against India.
Tim Southee dismissing Virat Kohli in the Auckland ODI has meant that the Kiwi pacer and West Indian Ravi Rampaul are the two bowlers to have claimed Kohli’s wicket on the most occasions in ODIs - six times! Meanwhile, Southee became the first bowler to dismiss Kohli on nine occasions in all international matches. Previously, Southee and Englishmen James Anderson and Graeme Swann had claimed his wicket on eight occasions. The two graphs below have the details.
Rahul’s purple patch
KL Rahul’s form with the willow began on 10 November 2019 in the T20I match against Bangladesh in Nagpur, when he scored 52 runs. Since then, he is the most successful batsman in international cricket in terms of runs scored. The graph below lists the details.
Rahul’s 112 in Mount Maunganui in the third ODI made him only the third Indian wicket-keeper to register a century in ODI cricket for India after Rahul Dravid and MS Dhoni.
Rahul Dravid - 4 (145, 103*, 109*, 104)
MS Dhoni - 9 (148, 183*, 109*, 124, 107, 101*, 113*, 139*, 134)
KL Rahul - 1 (112)
Meanwhile, Rahul’s 112 was the sixth three-digit ODI score by a visiting keeper on New Zealand soil against the host nation. Adam Gilchrist had done it twice, while Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara is the only other Asian to do so.
Despite disappointing series, Kohli reaches another milestone
Kohli, during the final ODI, became the 11th batsman in ODI history to aggregate 7000 or more runs while playing in matches away from home. Three other Indians (Sachin Tendulkar, Dravid and Sourav Ganguly) find a place on the list. Kohli, incidentally, is the quickest to reach this landmark, by doing so in his 147th innings. Australian Ricky Ponting had previously done so in 180 innings. The two graphs below have the details
(all records mentioned above are for men's cricket and are complete and updated until 11 February 2020)