Sunil Gavaskar said rain helped India to avoid a humiliating defeat in the recently concluded ODI series against New Zealand.

The Men in Blue were beaten by 1-0 in a three-match series. They lost the opening ODI by 7 wickets while the remaining didn’t yield a result due to persistent rain.

In his column for the Times of India, Gavaskar highlighted that India’s batting issues came to trouble them in pacer-friendly conditions.

“The weather gods saved India from a total rout in a three-match series in New Zealand. The series showed that when there is a bounce or movemen, the Indian batters continue to struggle just like previous generations,” he wrote.

The legendary cricketer pointed out that batters had to be aggressive from ball one and couldn’t wait for loose deliveries in the limited-overs format.

“In Test cricket, you can take time to settle down. However, the situation has changed in one-day internationals. You can’t wait for a loose delivery to score runs. One has to start hitting from ball one,” he added.

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