A report card on the players who featured in India’s first ODI series win at home in two years, over New Zealand across five matches.

Viral Kohli 9.5/10 (5 ODIs, 358 runs, Ave 119.33. SR 100.84)

When Kohli scored, India won. His unbeaten 85 in the first ODI finished off a chase of 191. His unbeaten 154 in the third finished off a chase of 286. His 65 in the final ODI was one of two fifties in the match and helped India post 269. When he fell to spin for 9 in Delhi and 45 in Ranchi, India’s batting lost steam and New Zealand won. This is a batsman who remains on course to take Indian cricket forward.

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Amit Mishra 9/10 (5 ODIs, 15 wkts, Ave 14.33, Econ 4.79)

Could you expect more from a spinner given a chance with R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja rested? The leading wicket-taker on both sides, Man of the Match in the decider and Man of the Series. Mishra bowled beautifully in every game, reminded us of how crucial a quality legspinner can be in ODIs. Flight, dip, guile, turn, he had it all. Mishra, who will turn 34 next month, owned the Vizag ODI, taking 5/18 to skittle New Zealand for 79. His batting and fielding, in particular, were disappointing; never more than in Ranchi where he fumbled a regulation stop and then made a total mess of a catch of Martin Guptill at long-off. Sadly, he may not find a place in the XI when Ashwin and Jadeja return.

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Kedar Jadhav 8/10 (5 ODIs, 90 runs, Ave 45, SR 103.44, 6 wkts, Ave 12.16, Econ 4.05)

The surprise package for India – with the ball. Having never bowled in seven previous ODIs, Jadhav stunned New Zealand with six wickets in the first three matches. Took 2/6, 1/11 and 3/29 with his more than handy off breaks to vindicate MS Dhoni‘s faith in often bowling him early. Scores of 41 and 39* showed he can cut it at this level, and he will rue his golden duck in the fourth ODI when he went back in his crease and was hit plumb in front.


Umesh Yadav 8/10 (5 ODIs, 8 wkts, Ave 29.50, Econ 5.75)

Second-highest wicket-taker behind Mishra. Struck early in three of five games, which is what new-ball bowlers are supposed to do. Dismissed Guptill thrice, and the balls to bowl him in the second and fifth ODIs were terrific. Some speedy saves in the deep and some superb catching at mid-off in the first match underlined his value as an athlete.

MS Dhoni 7/10 (5 ODIs, 192 runs, Ave 38.40, SR 71.11, 6 cts, 3 sts)


Second-highest run-getter for India and fourth-highest overall. Admitted after the third ODI, in which he hit 80 off 91 balls and put on 151 with Kohli, that he was struggling to rotate the strike freely. That fine innings aside, Dhoni managed 112 runs off 169 balls, or a strike-rate of 66. Struggled in two ODIs as a batsman, but was exemplary as a wicketkeeper. Remains unparalleled as a stumper, and his back flip to run out Ross Taylor in Ranchi was superb. Has more than two months off until he returns to lead India in January.

Jasprit Bumrah 7/10 (4 ODIs, 6 wkts, Ave 22, Econ 4.04)

Had one excellent game in Delhi where he took 3/35 in ten overs, delivering that signature yorker on order. Went a bit off kilter in Mohali, wasn’t part of the Ranchi game due to injury and returned for the decider where he took 1/16 in five. Mostly accurate and capable of getting batsmen in trouble with his movement off those full deliveries. Remains a little shaky in the field.

Axar Patel 6/10 (5 ODIs, 4 wkts, Ave 46.50, Econ 4.30)

Given an extended run in Ashwin and Jadeja’s absence, the 22-year-old didn’t bowl badly but neither did he do enough to merit further chances when the pair return. Had a very good economy rate and tied down batsmen, occasionally bowling deliveries that were sucker-punches; note the Kane Williamson delivery in Vizag. Handy in the field and can bat, as scores of 38 and 24 in the last two ODIs show.

Ajinkya Rahane 5/10 (5 ODIs, 143 runs, Ave 28.60, SR 70.79)

This was a tricky situation and a serious opportunity for Rahane, whose most recent ODIs have seen him bat in the middle order. Given a chance to open with Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul injured, he made one fifty and squandered three starts. The issue was soft dismissals, as the cliche goes. Scores of 33, 28, 5, 57 and 20 add up to a batsman still not sure of how to approach the ODI game. Had Manish Pandey scored heavily, Rahane may have struggled to keep his place once Dhawan and Rahul are available.

Hardik Pandya 5/10 (4 ODIs, 4 wkts, Ave 35.25, Econ 5.42)

Man of the match on ODI debut in the first game, dropped for the decider. Made a splash in his first ODI when Dhoni gave him the new ball ahead of Bumrah, taking 3/31. Went wicketless in the next two matches, then made way after 1/31 in five overs in Ranchi. Batted twice and came close to helping India win a nail-biter with 36 in Delhi. A bits-and-pieces allrounder lacking a defined role.

Jayant Yadav 5/10 (1 ODI, 1 wkt, Ave 8, Econ 2)

Not enough to judge him by. Given a debut in the decider, Jayant took a catch and the wicket of Corey Anderson as New Zealand capsized to 74/6 chasing 270. Will likely be dropped when Ashwin and Jadeja return.

Rohit Sharma 4/10 (5 ODIs, 123 runs, Ave 24.60, SR 77.84)

Having revived his Test fortunes with a run of good scores against New Zealand before the ODIs, Rohit struggled across these five matches. Fell between 11 and 15 in the first four games, each time to pace. And yet true to his status as a proven performer in series-winning matches, Rohit hit 70 off 65 balls in the decider until he was cramped for room by a bouncer.

Manish Pandey 3/10 (5 ODIs, 76 runs, Ave 19, SR 77.55)

What damage this series has done to Pandey, time will tell. Five matches against a quality team was a great chance to prove himself, especially with Suresh Raina ruled out of the series. But the spark shown by Pandey in an ODI in Sydney in January had faded by the end of the series, in which he had a best of 28 not out which significantly inflated his average to 19. Punched a short ball to midwicket in Dharamsala, run out for 19 in Delhi, was demoted behind Axar in Ranchi and whipped to mid-on, then slogged and missed for 0 in Vizag. That 28 in Mohali showed what Pandey can do when he applies himself, but four failures were very disappointing.

Dhawal Kulkarni 2/10 (1 ODI, 1 wkt, Ave 59, Econ 8.42)

Getting a match against a higher-ranked team in a live scenario was a great opportunity for Kulkarni, but he fluffed his lines as a new-ball bowler. Dhoni read the Ranchi conditions well when including Kulkarni, but conceding 59 in seven overs was a downer. Batted tremendously for 25 not out from No 10 after the damage had been done.



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India completed a 3-2 series win over New Zealand by beating them in the decider at Vizag by 190 runs. Here we look at the several passages of play that stood out during the match.

India appreciate ‘Nayi Soch’

Players of the Indian team sported jerseys with their mother’s name printed on the back during the fifth ODI against New Zealand at Visakhapatnam. The gesture came in response to an ad campaign launched by Star India called ‘Nayi Soch’, that highlights the importance of mothers all over the country. Openers Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma then walked out to bat with ‘Sujata’ and ‘Purnima’ written above their jersey numbers instead of their surnames which refer to their fathers’ family names.

Rohit fifty keeps India afloat


Rohit Sharma’s scores in the series prior to the final ODI were 14, 15, 13 and 11, a far cry from how he usually performs in the ODIs. Being the more experienced of the two openers, he was also one of the prime reasons why India’s start was sluggish throughout the series. So when it came to the series decider, ‘The Hitman’ found his old self and scored a crucial half-century. Crucial, because it wasn’t the easiest of surfaces to bat on.


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Even though India’s start was slow, Rohit timed a couple of good hits – a six over long off and a boundary towards square leg. The floodgates though really opened when Rohit advanced to Sodhi and sent him over the sidescreen. Having twisted his ankle while diving for a single, he accelerated the innings with poised support from Kohli. With a cracking cut, Rohit brought up his 29th fifty in ODIs. A forward punch for six off Neesham stood out.

Timely partnerships save India the blushes

That India put on 269 on the board owes largely to three pivotal partnerships during the innings. The first was between Rohit and Virat Kohli who put on a run-a-ball 79. The pair batted with caution when the scoring seemed difficult and later on with aggression once they got their eye in. After the fall of Rohit’s wicket, Kohli got together with India’s newest No. 4 MS Dhoni and added another 71 important runs.

India found themselves at the wrong end of the tunnel once they lost Dhoni and later Kohli with the score on 220. But some lower-order blows from Kedar Jadhav and Axar Patel was equally detrimental to India’s total. Jadhav scored two fours and a six, and along with Axar, added 46 runs in the fag end of the innings.

Pandey caps off disappointing series with a nought

Manish Pandey was quite the cynosure of all eyes after his match-winning hundred in Australia earlier this year in January. But this series was a forgettable one for the explosive Karnataka batsman. He had a chance to cement a place in the Playing XI with the uncertainty over Suresh Raina. But his scores this series read unsatisfactory numbers: 17, 19, 28*, 12 and 0 here in Vizag. The manner on which he got out was further infuriating. India had just lost Dhoni and needed him to partner Kohli, who was going well. But off the fifth ball, he slog swept Ish Sodhi and slog swept him to Trent Boult and deep-midwicket. It’s a golden chance thrown away especially with India needing someone new to take over the role of a finisher.

Umesh gets Guptill again

In the fourth ODI at Ranchi, Martin Guptill shrugged off his poor form. New Zealand would have expected him to carry it forward here as well but Umesh Yadav had other plans. He cleaned up Guptill in almost a replay from the dismissal at Kotla. Like the second ODI, Umesh bowled a similar ball, moving away at the last moment. Guptill brought his bat down but the ball shaped away slightly, beat the edge, clipped his thigh guard and disturbed the woodwork. More importantly, New Zealand lost their first wicket without a score on the board and it led to something quite dramatic.

New Zealand slump to one of their worst collapses

Chasing 270 to win, New Zealand dished out a rather sub-standard performance, and from 63/2, lost their final eight wickets for all of 16 runs. New Zealand were overwhelmed by the Indian spinners and folded for 79, their fifth-lowest total in ODIs. It wasn’t that the surface was that bad to bat on. In fact, for a moment Kane Willimson made batting look easy. But when he went, it all went downhill from there. Only thee batmen got to double figures, while five registered ducks.

Mishra magic floors New Zealand

Amit Mishra is usually warming the benches when R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are part of the squad. In this series, he has proven why India need to take him seriously even in the presence of the two premier spinners. Mishra led the Indian bowling pack with a second five-wicket-haul in ODIs that earned him the Man-of-the-Match award. He generated vicious turn on a few occasions and kept attacking the stumps. Result: 5/18. The wicket of BJ Watling in particular was a treat to the eyes. Mishra set him up well. He bowled consecutive legbreaks and followed it with a perfect googly that went between Watling’s bat and pad and crashed onto the stumps. He was also named Man of the Series for picking up 15 wickets.



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VISAKHAPATNAM: It’s not easy if one is not an automatic choice in the playing XI but if there is a coach like Anil Kumble who can give a pat on the back during lean phase it becomes easier, feels Amit Mishra, who has been the stand-out bowler in just concluded ODI series with 15 wickets.

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Mishra grabbed 5/18 in India’s 190-run rout of New Zealand and earned the Man of the Series award for his consistent performances.

“His (Anil Kumble) mental support is the biggest thing for me. I sat out for the entire Test series but he supported me mentally and told me “don’t worry, your time will come”,” Mishra, said at the post-match media conference.


Mishra also said how Kumble’s invaluable tips helped him.

“Whenever I went to bowl in the nets, he always gave me tips on how to improve your bowling, like the seam position… He told me “you can improve batting also”. He’s always there to rectify your small mistakes,” Mishra explained on Kumble’s role.

Having missed the Test spot to Indian premier spinner R Ashwin, Mishra played all five matches of the ODI series as the offspinner is rested for the ODIs.

“At this stage of career, I have to perform. I am a wicket-taking bowler. It has become a sort of ‘trademark’ that ‘Amit ayega to wicket nikalega’ (Amit will always give a breakthrough),” Mishra who will turn 34 next month, added.

Asked if he regrets about not getting fair share of chances, Mishra’s disappointment was palpable bit he tried to reason it out.

“I have stopped thinking what’s not in my hands. I can improve my fitness, batting but can’t decide on how many matches I’ve played. I’ve prepared myself mentally in such a way that whenever there’s an opportunity I give more than 100 percent.”

“I’m happy for all the hard work I’ve put in. I’ve performed well and became man of the series. It’s the second series where I’ve played five matches continuously. Highest wicket-taker and played five matches. Especially final match. It was a lot of pressure. To perform well here, it feels great.”

India had levelled the series 2-2 in Ranchi as India were under pressure to keep their clean record against New Zealand in an ODI bilateral series.

“The biggest thing was it came in the most important match of the series. Everyone contributed well, be it in batting, bowling or fielding. We’re trying our best on fitness, it all showed today. It’s about performing getting five wickets in the most crucial match and win the series.”

Asked about his recipe for success, he said: “I don’t focus on achievement. I focus on the match ahead. Focus on the match situation, on the match ahead. It adds to pressure if you think on the achievements.”

New Zealand lost eight wickets for 16 runs to be bundled out in 23.1 overs but Mishra said they were not surprised by the visitors’ abject surrender.

“We have done a lot of hard work. We knew if we take one-two wickets, we can bundle them out. Once I started there was a little concern about boundaries but Dhoni told me to bowl normal deliveries. If you get one two wickets, we will be fine’ he told me.”



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