Dhawan makes strong statement after India’s ODI series defeat to New Zealand | Cricket

New Zealand led by Kane Williamson secured a series victory over Shikhar Dhawan’s Team India after the third One Day International (ODI) failed again on Wednesday. The second and third ODI of the three match series were abandoned due to continued rain in New Zealand. With the hosts winning the 1st ODI by 7 wickets, Williamson-led New Zealand sealed the series 1-0 after washing out the third meeting at the Hagley Oval, Christchurch.

India suffered a 1–0 defeat in Williamson-led New Zealand in the absence of several seasoned campaigners. The Dhawan-led squad lacked the services of skipper Rohit Sharma, vice-captain KL Rahul, former captain Virat Kohli, veteran all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and speed demon Jasprit Bumrah. Seasoned campaigners Kohli, Rohit and Kohli are expected to feature in India’s upcoming series against Bangladesh. After rain spoiled Christchurch, Deputy Skipper Dhawan gave an interesting assessment of India’s performance in the ODI series.

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“I’m going to Bangladesh, hopefully the weather will be better there. We are a young unit. The bowling unit learned more about bowling at good length. We were short sometimes. All seniors go back to the side. More Asian wickets is a more practical journey to the World Cup for us. It’s important to get the little things right – right lengths for the bowlers, hitting close to the body in these circumstances for the batters… these are the lessons,” Dhawan said after the series decider was left in Christchurch on Wednesday.

Batting first in the 3rd ODI on Wednesday, Dhawan-led Team India posted 219 in 47.3 overs. Skipper Dhawan scored 28 from 45 balls before Shreyas Iyer (49) and Washington Sundar (51) guided India to a modest total. In reply, New Zealand were 104-1 in 18 overs as rain gods made their presence felt in Christchurch. However, the hosts failed to hit through a minimum of 20 overs in the rain-ravaged match and the third ODI ended in a draw.


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