India were brimming with confidence and were on a high after winning the T20 series against New Zealand 5-0. Their chances to win the 3 match ODI series suffered after they lost R Sharma through injury and were forced to use two inexperienced ODI openers in P Shaw and M Agarwal.
India ended up losing three ODIs on the trot which is a rare occurrence and in return ended up losing the series and suffering an embarrassing series whitewash. The series loss can be attributed to quite a few factors. The absence of regular ODI openers in S Dhawan and R Sharma showed just how much India depends on them.
The lack of runs by captain V Kohli definitely hurt India as they needed him to step up and be the key run maker for the side but for once Kohli’s consistency deserted him. The fast bowlers which have been India’s biggest strength overseas for some time now did not have a great series and this cost India greatly.
When you concede a series whitewash, there is rarely any good that a team can take out of it. However, India can take away two big positives that will serve them in good stead for the ODI format.
S Iyer Cements Place At 4
India have been looking long and hard to find a suitable number 4 in the ODI format. They have tried a number of players during the last 24 months and have failed. S Iyer has now cemented the number 4 position as his own as he put in a brilliant display of batting. He had scores of 103, 52 and 62 to prove that he can hold the middle order together in pressure situations.
KL Rahul At 5
KL Rahul has usually played as the backup opener or at number 3 for most of his international career. However, it looks like India will be using him as their wicket-keeper batsmen in the ODI format. Kohli did not want Rahul to open given the extra workload of being the keeper.
KL Rahul came in at 5 during this series and had a good run. He hit 88 in the first innings, failed in the second and then hit an impressive century in the third ODI. It looks like Kohli wants Rahul to be the number 5 batsmen in the side going forward.
These are the two biggest positives that India can take away from this series.