India suffered a defeat by 5 wickets in the 3rd ODI against New Zealand on Tuesday in Auckland. The result meant that for the first time in 31 years, India whitewashed in a series involving three or more matches. The last time the country was whitewashed was in 1989, when India lost 5-0 against West Indies. After the defeat, skipper Virat Kohli said that his side did not deserve to win, and blamed poor fielding as one of the reasons for the same.
Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, Kohli said: “The games were not as bad as the scoreline suggests. Batsmen coming back from tough situations was a positive sign for us, but the way we fielded and bowled, the composure wasn’t enough to win games. Didn’t deserve to be on the winning side at all this series.”
But is fielding the real reason for India’s poor show?
According to a stat revealed by Cricviz, India had a better record in fielding than the Kiwis. As per the stat, fielding runs saved in the series, which include catches, run outs, stumping & stops and considering the difficulty of each event, India had a net positive of +4 runs over the hosts.