India, Feb. 13 -- The week gone by was unusually poor for Indian cricket: Virat Kohli's team got whitewashed by New Zealand in ODIs, the under-19 team lost to Bangladesh in the World Cup final and the women's team was beaten by Australia in the Tri-series final on Wednesday.

Of these, India being drubbed 0-3 by New Zealand in the ODIs was the most unexpected. True, limited-overs cricket can throw up topsy-turvy results, but after losing the T20 series 0-5 nobody thought such a dramatic turnaround was possible by the home team.

Credit to New Zealand then for regrouping so swiftly and effectively. In spite of missing key players Kane Williamson (two games), Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson (all three), they showed fine skills and deep resolv...