5 most bankable players from the India - New Zealand ODI series so far
After a fairly one-sided Test series that saw India defeat New Zealand 3-0, the ODI series has been much more evenly contested so far, with the hosts currently leading 2-1. The three matches have seen good cricketing action, with both batsmen and bowlers controlling parts of the game, making it a very enjoyable watch for the spectators.
Going into the fourth ODI at Ranchi, the home of Indian captain, MS Dhoni, we take a look at the five most bankable performers from the series thus far -
#1 Virat Kohli
Scores: 85*(81), 9(13), 154*(134)
Set a low total of 190 to chase, India could have been in trouble on a pitch that offered help to the bowlers. A fine innings from Kohli, however, put rest to any such thoughts and ensured India would set the tone for the series with a dominant six-wicket win.
For his innings of 85* in the first ODI, Virat was awarded the ‘Jana Bankable Player’ award.
He had a rare off day in the second ODI at Delhi, much to the disappointment of his home crowd. But, you can never keep him quiet for long, can you?
In the 3rd ODI at Mohali, India, faced with a target of 287 to regain the lead in the series, lost both their openers early in the innings. Again, a Kohli masterclass doused any hopes the Kiwis would have had of taking the lead over India for the first time on the tour.
His 26th ODI century took him to fourth on the list of ODI batsmen with most centuries, which is led by Sachin Tendulkar (49), while his 16th century in chases saw him equalling the latter’s record of 14 centuries in successful chases.