After suffering a 0-5 defeat in the T20Is, New Zealand bounced back to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the ongoing three-match ODI series on Saturday with a 22-run win at Eden Park, Auckland. Also Read - Virat Kohli May Be More Experienced But He And Babar Azam Are In The Same League: Mushtaq Mohammad
However, India captain Virat Kohli is unfazed by the defeat saying in light of the ICC T20 World Cup later this year and the ICC World Test Championship, ODIs ‘aren’t too relevant’. Also Read - Virat Kohli is India’s Most Powerful Celebrity Based on Brand Values at USD 237.5 Million
“ODIs aren’t too relevant this year compared to Tests and T20s,” Kohli said during the post-match presentation. Also Read - India vs New Zealand, 1st ODI Hamilton: Virat Kohli and Co. Fined 80 Per Cent Of Match Fee For Slow Over-Rate
He also went on to hail Navdeep Saini, Ravindra Jadeja and Shreyas Iyer as the ‘big revelations and a big plus’.
“We were in trouble with the bat, but Saini and Jadeja played really well, as did Shreyas,” he said. “We didn’t know how good Saini could be with the bat, so if the lower order could be that good, then it inspires the middle order and the top order to step it up too.”
Knowing that there is not much to lose going into the third ODI, the Kohli said that there could be changes to the lineup and they would like to play expressive cricket.
“We could consider changes in the final game since we have nothing to lose now. We’ll play expressive cricket and not worry too much about the result. It’s up to the individuals to fight until the end. We didn’t send them any messages, because those aren’t what your instincts are telling you to do,” said Kohli.
The 31-year-old then said that allowing Ross Taylor and Kyle Jamieson to stitch a vital partnership despite having New Zealand 197/8 at one stage was where India lost the match. “Two good games, and it’s great for the fans. I’m impressed with how we finished. We let things slip away from 197-8 to 270+ in the first half but came back strongly with the second half of our batting,” he said.