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Indian coach Ravi Shastri led the applause for his team as they completed a 5-0 whitewash over New Zealand on Sunday. India beat New Zealand by seven runs in the 5th T20I in Mount Maunganui and thus became the first team to whitewash the Kiwis in their own backyard in a T20I series.

Mount Maunganui: India's Navdeep Saini celebrates the wicket of Ross Taylor during the 5th T20I between India and New Zealand at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui in New Zealand on Feb 2, 2020. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS) by .
Mount Maunganui: India’s Navdeep Saini celebrates the wicket of Ross Taylor during the 5th T20I between India and New Zealand at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui in New Zealand on Feb 2, 2020.

“Incredible last three games. Well done #TeamIndia 5-0 #NZvIND (sic.)” tweeted Shastri.

It may have been a whitewash but there were quite a few close matches in the series. India came from the brink of a defeat twice in the third and fourth T20Is to force the match into Super Overs to win them.

“Team India! Well done to everyone,” said all-rounder Hardik Pandya.

Pandya was hoping to make his comeback to the Indian team in the Test series of the ongoing tour after a lengthy layoff due to an injury but it was confirmed on Sunday that he would be missing it.

Former players Irfan Pathan and Virender Sehwag also commended the team. Sehwag commended the fact that India were able to restrict New Zealand repeatedly in the series.

“Whether 2 required of 4 balls , 18 required of 3 overs or 57 needed of 9 overs, all with plenty of wickets in hand for New Zealand in the last 3 T20s, #TeamIndia just being simply brilliant in not giving up. A well- deserved Whitewash, great spirit #NZvIND,” said Sehwag.

“White wash by team India here in New Zealand in the t20. This will be remembered for a long long time. Big plus for me how fast bowlers have bowled under pressure apart from Bumrah (sic.),” said Pathan.

The official page of Mumbai Indians stated: “We’ve seen this combination work in tandem @ImRo45’s (Rohit Sharma) 60* and @Jaspritbumrah93’s (Jasprit Bumrah) 3/12 helps #TeamIndia script history back in New Zealand.”

Royal Challengers said: “#TeamIndia complete a clean sweep! The Kiwis fought hard in every match but were unable to come up with an answer. The Men in Blue have been dominant away from home and will have their confidence sky-high as they make their plans for the T20 World Cup.”

Wicket Keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha posting the picture of Team India, wrote “Congratulations #TeamIndia

BCCI secretary Jay Shah also congratulated the team. “Congrats #TeamIndia for a thrilling series victory with an impregnable win by 5-0. (sic.),” he tweeted.

Mount Maunganui: Indian players pose with the Winners Trophy after India scripted an unprecedented 5-0 series whitewash with a seven-run victory against New Zealand in the fifth and final T20I at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui in New Zealand on Feb 2, 2020. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS) by .
Mount Maunganui: Indian players pose with the Winners Trophy after India scripted an unprecedented 5-0 series whitewash with a seven-run victory against New Zealand in the fifth and final T20I at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui in New Zealand.
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