Jasprit Bumrah and Virat Kohli during a match for India. (Source: Twitter)

World number-1 bowler Jasprit Bumrah has added an embarrassing record to him, which he would not like to remember at all. Bumrah has become ‘Wideman’. The whole affair is related to the first match of the three-match ODI series played between India and New Zealand on Wednesday, in which Team India had to face defeat. India’s directionless bowling in this match can be gauged from the fact that the team gave away 29 extra runs, of which 24 runs came from wide.

Jasprit Bumrah was among the best in the ODI rankings. He bowled 9 wide. Shami did not lag behind and cast 6 wide. Apart from both, Shardul Thakur bowled 2, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav bowled 1-1 wide ball. Team India gave Wide 20 more runs after 13 years. Earlier, in 2007 ODI against Australia, Team India gave 26 runs from wide.

While batting first, India put up a mammoth 348-run challenge in front of the Kiwi team, which New Zealand struggled to achieve by scoring Taylor’s (unbeaten 109) 21st century, losing six wickets in 48.1 overs. Apart from Taylor, Henry Nicholls scored 78 and caretaker captain Tom Latham played an important role in the team’s victory of 69 runs. This is the biggest ever achieved by New Zealand. Earlier, he had achieved a target of 347 runs against Australia in 2007 at the same ground.

India scored 347 for four wickets in 50 overs due to Shreyas Iyer’s 103 runs, Lokesh Rahul’s unbeaten 88 and captain Virat Kohli’s 51-run innings. It was felt that like T20, India will easily beat New Zealand in ODIs. The pairing of Taylor, Nicholas and Latham became an obstacle and New Zealand took a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series.


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