Former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman criticized the fielding of Indian players during the ODI series against New Zealand. Team India suffered a 0–3 loss in this three-match ODI series. For the first time in the history of cricket, since 1989, the Indian team has a clean sweep in a bilateral ODI series.
The Times of India wrote in its column, "New Zealand took a 3–0 clean sweep in ODIs in the T20 International's 0–5 loss but played well. He also received help from a staggering Team India. Virat Kohli and the team management will definitely be disappointed with his fielding and bowling. ”
During the ODI series, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal left important catches, while Ravindra Jadeja, considered one of the fastest fielders in Team India, and captain Kohli also overthrown. These small mistakes overwhelmed Team India in the last and India lost the series.
After criticizing Team India for fielding, he praised middle-order batsmen KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer. Laxman further wrote, "Shreyas Iyer strengthened the batting, ending all the discussions about the number four slot and KL Rahul once again showed his versatility but New Zealand has seen the shortcomings of the batting order, especially That in the opening batting, was completely exposed. "
Due to the injury of permanent openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, Team India landed in the ODI series against New Zealand with the opening pair of Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal which did not succeed.
Laxman wrote about the pair, “The start of the innings, whether with the bat or with the ball, sets the rhythm of the match ahead. Apart from the half-century partnership formed in the first ODI, opener Mayank and Prithvi did not form any other partnership. When three wickets fell in the first part of the innings, including the team's best batsman, it is not easy to come back from it and make a respectable score. "
He further wrote, “Team India managed to do so by being capable batsmen like Rahul and Shreyas in the middle order. Both play in more than one gear, both were aware of the situation and both are adept at waiting and then playing fast. Pandey also added new strength (in the batting order) with his ingenuity to take runs, but after the dismissal of Rahul and Pandey, India lost 25 runs due to lack of aggression in the batting order. ”