4 takeaways from New Zealand-Bangladesh ODI Series
After a disastrous series against India that resulted in a surprising 1-4 defeat, the New Zealanders re-established their credentials, somewhat, as a very capable ODI team by beating visitors Bangladesh 3-0.
Obviously, this win doesn’t establish the Black Caps as a top team in this format, however, it is still quite significant. By whitewashing their opponents, that too with ease, the home side showed that they are not in any kind of decline. They remain a highly competent side at home and are likely to beat most teams there.
While this wasn’t a very high-profile series and there wasn’t much for the home team to gain, nor for the visitors to lose, some important developments did take place. With the World Cup fast approaching, every match now has relevance and the shape of teams for the big event is starting to assume its final shape.
Let’s look at the big takeaways from this series and see what they portend for the future.
Guptill Is Back In Form
His poor run of form in the India series had made Martin Guptill the center of attention in the New Zealand line-up. By roaring back into nick with back-to-back hundreds against Bangladesh, Guptill has shown that he is still a big force in limited-overs cricket.
Of course, the attack he faced wasn’t very dangerous, certainly quite manageable compared to India. Still, to score two brilliant hundreds in chases and play those very strokes which signified his great ability is a big achievement.
The right-hander is clearly back in form and everything seems to be working well in his technique and shot-making. This is highly crucial for the Kiwis as they need Guptill to fire frequently to do well in the World Cup. By scoring big in this series, he has reassured the concerned fans of New Zealand that his power and talent hasn’t diminished.