India’s 22-run defeat against New Zealand in the second ODI meant they had lost a bilateral series in any format.
For the first time since March 2019, when Australia beat India 3-2 in ODIs. From that loss.
India had gone 12 bilateral series across formats, winning 11 and drawing one.
Despite the reverse, captain Virat Kohli said there were lots of positives for India to take from the defeat, particularly lauding how Navdeep Saini (45 off 49) and Ravindra Jadeja (55 off 73) had reignited a chase that looked buried at 153 for 7 in 31.1 overs. Their fightback mirrored New Zealand’s own innings, which reached 273 for 8 after being 197 for 8 at one point.
“Particularly impressed with how we finished the game today. I thought in the first half we let things slip away from us a little bit,” Virat Kohli told the host broadcaster at the presentation. “You know 200 for 8 and they got to 270-plus. I thought we gave away 30-40 extra there. But having said that, we were in trouble with the bat as well. I think Saini and Jadeja showed great character to bounce back. Shreyas [Iyer] played really well as well.
Look, we can take a lot of positives out of this particular game. As Virat Kohli said, one-day cricket in this calendar year is not as relevant if you look at the T20s and the Tests. But having said that, to show that kind of fight and to see who are the guys who can play like that under pressure is a big revelation for us.