Team India won the ODI series against New Zealand by defeating them in the 3rd ODI at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui . This win gave the Men in Blue an unassailable 3-0 lead and it came after the 3-1 and 2-1 margin victories over the Windies and Australia, respectively. It was also the second time that India defeated the Black Caps in an away ODI series and it came after a decade. It was under the leadership of Mahendra Singh Dhoni that the Men in Blue gained 3-1 victory in 2008-09.
Before the series , New Zealand had mercilessly defeated Sri Lanka by 3 – 0 at home recently. But it looked too easy for India , as they won the series leaving 2 games in hand . India won the first match in Napier by 8 wickets and the second in Mount Maunganui by 90 runs. This team is showing India new hopes of getting yet another World Cup .
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Harbhajan Singh , ex-india off-spinner was very happy by India’s strong show against New Zealand. They were considered very strong at their own turf.
This current New Zealand are definitely a better team than Australia but don’t forget how well India played. Sometime, we look to the other teams play well and we forget how good our own team is and that no team can stand in front of our team. It is great to see the way our team is playing. Everyone is in form , Harbhajan was quoted as saying by India Today.
The Turbanator was also happy with the pace attack , India have got . He was full on praise for Pacer Mohammed Shami . He was very elated to see the form and performance this pacer has been giving. Star Bowler , Jasprit Bumrah has been rested for this series . But his absence in the team was quitely filled in by Shami . He picked up seven wickets in three matches so far, bagging the Player of the Match awards twice – in the first and third matches.
I would like to talk about Mohammed Shami. He has been phenomenal, he is someone who India will need at the World Cup and it is so good to see him picking up those wickets and winning the man-of-the-match, the 38-year-old said.
Harbhajan was also very happy with the team India have got . He mentioned that India have now found the core team in the run-up to the World Cup, adding that captain Virat Kohli will be happy with the way the team has shaped up