With the series already gone, India were only playing for pride in the third & final game. Winning this would’ve given them some consolation and confidence before the Test series, losing this would’ve meant India getting whitewashed for the first time in 21st century. India did go on to lose the final ODI too making them face an embarrassing whitewash after being on the other & happier side earlier in the T20 series. Let’s take a look at other instances when India were whitewashed in an ODI series. Including the recent one, India have got whitewashed only thrice in their ODI cricket history.
5-0 by West Indies – 1983
- Highest Run scorer : Gordon Greenidge (WI) – 353 runs in 5 innings
- Highest wicket taker : Roger Harper (WI) – 7 wickets in 5 innings
This series was played right after India defeated West Indies in the final of the Prudential World Cup 1983. India were led by Kapil Dev while Clive Lloyd was leading the West Indies side. It was a 5 match series and West Indies went on to win all of them handing India their first ever whitewash in this format, that too just after they won their first World Cup.
The Matches were played in Srinagar, Vadodara, Indore, Jamshedpur and Guwahati. India lost the first game by 28 runs (according to Duckworth Lewis method) when bad light and dust storm halted West Indies chase at 22nd over. They only required to have scored 80 at that point but they were 108-0 chasing 177 at that particular stage. West Indies strong batting then chased down totals of 215 and 241 in the next two games to clinch the series.
Indian bowlers got proper bashing in the 4th game as West Indies propelled to a score of 333 in only 45 overs. Sir Vivian Richards scored 149 in only 99 balls which was outrageous as per the old days standards. India, in their chase had a strange approach and despite losing only 5 wickets, they fell 105 runs short of the target. Last game was again won by West Indies where they had to chase only 179.
5-0 by West Indies – 1989
- Most runs : Desmond Haynes (WI) – 337 runs in 5 innings
- Most wickets : Vivian Richards (WI) – 13 wickets in 5 innings
6 Years after facing their first ever drubbing, India were again whitewashed by West Indies in a 5 Match series. This series was played in West Indies and the hosts were even more clinical with their performance this time. They didn’t give India even an inch in this series and the visitors had the highest score of only 237 in the whole series.
West Indies won first game by 50 runs thanks to a hundred by Desmond Haynes and 3 wickets from Vivian Richards. Their next twp wins came while chasing two small targets of 149 and 193 while they chased a relatively bigger target of 238 in the next game with utmost ease riding on Sir Gordon Greenidge’s 100. Following the pattern of the last whitewash, India again couldn’t come close to chasing a huge target of 293 set by West Indies as they lost the final ODI by 103 runs.
Dilip Wengasarkar was captaining the Indian side while Sir Vivian Richards was his counterpart.
3-0 by New Zealand – 2020
- Highest Run scorer : Shreyas Iyer (India) – 217 runs in 3 innings
- Highest wicket taker : Yuzvendra Chahal (India) – 6 wickets in 2 innings
This is the latest whitewash in Indian cricket history. India faced a crushing 5 wickets defeat from the hands of New Zealand to complete only their third whitewash in ODI cricket history. New Zealand were led by Tom Latham and Kane Williamson while Virat Kohli was leading the Indian side.
India had earlier whitewashed New Zealand in the T20 series which was of 5 matches. The Kiwis returned the favour by beating them in all 3 formats in a slightly longer format. They chased a couple of big scores and defended a par score in this series. Ross Taylor and Tom Latham were phenomenal for the hosts in the series. Taylor in particular, was deservedly awarded Player of The series. Even though both the top scorer and leading wicket takers were from India, they didn’t play well as an unit to win either of the games.
The failures of both Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah did expose India’s concerns both in batting and bowling. They were not helped by injuries to their regular openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan either but that’s no excuse for their poor performance in all three departments in this series.