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Team India's pace spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar on Thursday revealed that his team 8-wicket loss to New Zealand is a "reality check" ahead of the remainder of the series.
India's strong batting line-up in the 4th ODI against Kiwis was dismissed for its seventh-lowest ODI total - 92 in 30.5 overs as the hosts tasted success in the five-ODI series for the first time after already conceding the rubber.
Speaking to media Bhuvneshwar Kumar said, "If you look at the cricket we have been playing in the last few months, we have played good cricket and such matches come after some time. So it is a kind of reality check what we can do and improve in the next matches."
"We were confident after winning the series but things didn't go our way. I don't want to take credit away from these guys (New Zealand bowlers). They bowled really well and outplayed us."
After the fifth and final ODI at Wellington on Sunday, India will play three T20 Internationals against New Zealand starting February 6.
When asked if New Zealand exposed India's weakness on Thursday, Bhuvneshwar said, "Not really, we have played in England, South Africa and Australia, and we have done really well. I would say they bowled really well, bowled some amazing and unplayable balls and yes overall, they outplayed us."
Bhuvneshwar admitted India missed Kohli in the game, "See you always miss him (Kohli) in such kind of wickets but at the same time it was an opportunity for Shubman Gill who came in his place. What he (Kohli) has done is amazing but we always don't want to depend on him," he said.
Asked if it was a case of lost opportunity for some of the middle-order batsmen, Bhuvneshwar said, "We can't say that from just one match. It was a tough wicket to bat. It wasn't a lost opportunity but it is a learning for all of us."
The Indian pace charger said he was surprised at the way the wicket behaved at the Seddon Park. "I was a bit surprised, if you look at the wicket, it shouldn't play the way it played," he said. "But yes, but that's how this game is, it is unpredictable. The way Trent Boult and Colin de Grandhomme bowled was quite beautiful."