It was very unexpected of India to suffer a defeat at the hands of New Zealand in a manner that sent trembling down the cricketing fraternity. Kiwis' 8-wicket win in 4th ODI came after Trent Boult steered through the Indian batting order, bagging 5 wickets for 21 runs to restrict Rohit Sharma's men for an embarrassing total of 92 runs. The reaction to the Men in Blue's defeat from ICC CEO David Richardson, however, was also unexpected one.
Learning from the mistakes made in the first three matches of the 5-match ODI series and capitalising on the absence of stalwarts MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli, the hosts produced a better all-round show to bag themselves a morale-boosting victory in Hamilton. While Rohit was full of praise for Kane Williamson's men while admitting that the tourists produced one of their worst displays for a very long time, Richardson had a made a rather controversial remark on the result as he said: “Every dog has its day” on being asked by a reporter about India's 8-wicket defeat.
However the fourth and fifth ODIs between India and New Zealand hold no value in terms of the outcome of the series, the nature of defeat has raised a few questions on the middle-order's ability to absorb pressure in times where the opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma fails to fire.
A defeat on Sunday would be highly demoralising for the Indian team, which is looking to come up with answers to a few crucial questions in hopes of developing a better team for the forthcoming ICC World Cup 2019.