Team India beat New Zealand by 90 runs in the third and final ODI of the series at Indore on Tuesday (24 January) to record a 3-0 series win. India batted first to score a huge total of 385/9 in their allotted 50 overs quota. Captain Rohit Sharma (101) and Shubman Gill (112) hit rapid-fire barrels to drain Kiwi’s bowlers. In response, New Zealand only managed to score 290 points. Shardul Thakur and Kuldeep Yadav each claimed three wickets.
It should be noted that Team India played without their super fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah as the Mumbai Indians star is still recovering from a back injury. It may be recalled that Bumrah was named in the ODI squad for the series against Sri Lanka a few weeks ago, but his name was later removed from the team due to reports that the team management were not interested in rushing Bumrah’s return to the team .
Bumrah will also miss India’s first two Tests against Australia. Speaking to reporters after the third ODI against New Zealand, Indian captain Rohit Sharma has expressed hope that Bumrah would return to the Indian team in the third test against Australia. Bumrah, 29, has been out since September last year.
“I’m not too sure about Bumrah, I hope he plays the next (last) two Tests (against Australia), we don’t want to take any chances with him as back injuries are always critical. We’ve got a lot of cricket coming back after that too, Rohit said.
“We are in constant contact with physios and doctors in NCA. The medical team will give him as much time as he wants,” he added.