3rd ODI: India’s 3-0 loss ‘not something too serious’, says Yuzvendra Chahal
India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal downplayed the team's 3-0 loss to New Zealand in the ODI series in Mount Maunganui. He said the team can't win all the matches
Mount Maunganui (New Zealand): India were handed a 3-0 whitewash by New Zealand in the three-match ODI series that concluded today (February 11). However, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal feels “it is not something too serious”.
In the third and final ODI, the Kiwis successfully chased down 297 to win by five wickets. KL Rahul’s century went in vain in Mount Maunganui. Chahal had taken three wickets in his 10-over spell but half centuries from Henry Nicholls, Martin Guptill and Colin de Grandhomme ensured victory for the hosts.
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Speaking to reporters after the match, Chahal said, “Overall, if you see it is just the fourth or fifth series loss in the last 4-5 years. The other team is also here to play. You cannot win every match. We have won one series, lost the other, so it is not something too serious to ponder over.”
Chahal focused on the positive side of the ongoing tour to New Zealand. He spoke about how the Virat Kohli-led side won the preceding T20I series 5-0.
“Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal came into the side, so youngsters got to play outside India. It is not easy to play in New Zealand. But overall if we see, it is just an ODI series. We did win the T20I series 5-0, first time, that's a positive for us as well,” added Chahal.
India were without their regular openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan due to injuries. In their absence, Shaw and Agarwal opened in all three games.
Chahal praised centurion KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer, who scored a half century. "You can see the confidence in them. They are 25-26 years old and batting with maturity. They understand the situation well. It is not easy to bat in the middle overs especially when the spinners are bowling. Rahul has also batted up the order at times. So, it shows the maturity that he knows what the team needs," he said.
Now, India and New Zealand will play two Tests, starting from February 21 in Wellington.