That month was also December. But it was 22 years ago. New Zealand became whitewash in the ground of India in 1988 for the first time. In the five one-day matches New Zealand was defeated by 4-0. The last ODI was abandoned due to heavy rain. The toss was not yet completed. It was the first whitewash of New Zealand against India. But after long years New Zealand is in the same situation. Today the fifth ODI will be held between two teams in Chennai. India has won the four consecutive matches. If India can win today, they will make New Zealand whitewash for the second time. For this reason, the team of Vettori is very worried about the last match. In the other hand, the team of Gambhir is very confident to win the match. They want to make New Zealand whitewash and celebrate the victory. If New Zealand can not save the match today, they will be criticized strongly. If it happens, they will have to face two consecutive whitewashes. The previous whitewash was against Bangladesh. Will media remain silent in this case? New Zealand had a very painful experience after the series defeat against Bangladesh. This time, the opponent is India which is stronger than Bangladesh. But they will not get free showing this cause. So today New Zealand will come to field and try to win heart and soul. They will have to avoid whitewash at any cost.
In the other hand, the opposite target is for India. They are showing this series as a good preparation before the world cup. After losing the 3 ODIs, New Zealand tried to return back. In that match, they scored a high score of 315 runs. But unfortunately they did not get the victory. Yousuf Pathan has destroyed them alone. The dream of New Zealand was lost for him. To face the 315 runs of New Zealand, India was in trouble after losing 4 wickets in 108 runs and was waiting to become defeated. That time Yousuf came to field and destroyed the dream of New Zealand. He scored his first century in his career from only 79 balls. At last he remained unbeaten scoring 123 runs from 96 balls and India reached the target. He made 7 sixes and 7 fours to score that high score. In the first match, Kohli was the hero to win. In the second and third matches, two consecutive centuries of Gambhir helped India to win. In the fourth match, Yousuf has become the hero. Who will lead India in the fifth match? India is in such a high confidence now.
The career of the New Zealand players is really in trouble. They have only one victory in the last 12 matches. They are trying to get rid of this situation. So the captain of New Zealand has no extra thinking about today’s match. But they really need the victory.