1st T20 Indian vs New Zealand
India had a comfortable outgoing in series in ODI against New Zealand after a blip in Forth ODI although it is was a comfortable going for India throughout the series. Its been a memorable foreign tours for Indian Team. India didn’t lose a series in Australia and India would like continue their wining journey In T20 against New Zealand.
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What Shikhar Dhawn Said On Continuous tight match Schedule
Indian Opener Said on the eve of the game, “we are human & our bodies need rest too . Of course to we are here to win the series & we would like to carry the momentum back home.
The inclusion of Indian Pinch hitter and attacking batsman Rishabh Pant will make difference In T20 against New Zealand and after get selected in world cup squad his confidence will be on other level.
The Middle order issues has resolved in ODI series For Indian Team but the top order needs bolstering where Pant can play imperative role, The wicket keeper Batman was not played ODI’s against New Zealand, return hungrier and has a big opportunity in front of him to prove himself for the spot in World Cup Squad.
Sunil Gavaskar On Rishabh Pant
I would also keep Rishabh Pant. He brings that left-handedness in the top lineup too. And I would take a gander at playing him in the team. That will give us a fair idea regarding how the young boys is getting down to business and give him some little responsibilities at 4 or 5 in light of the fact that at No. 6 or 7 he simply going to blast… blast and shoot it around and that isn’t what you need to see,” said Sunil Gavaskar on India’s alternatives besides than MS Dhoni for the World Cup.
He is being seen as a long-term successor to successful former Indian captain and wicket-keeper MS Dhoni and now would be a good time to get that process underway. “He is an aggressive batsman, an asset for the team, can take away games from opposition in a very short time. I hope he grabs this opportunity (in T20s) with both hands,” said Dhawan
Ambati Rayudu Confirmed His Place
The series offer an opportunity to Dinesh Karthik, who did well for Indian Team as a finisher in the past but is still not a sure starter. Ambati Rayudu, however, almost confirm his seat in Team with a match-winning 90 runs in the fifth ODI, probably enough to seal a place in the middle-order.
Shubman may get one more chance
In Virat Kohli’s absence, who has been rested, U-19 world cup hero nineteen-year-old Shubman Gill may get a chance at number three again with glimpses of his much talked about talent but not proved yet in the last two ODIs.
Besides Pant, the others who have joined the team for the T20s are spin all-rounder Krunal Pandya and Punjab pacer Siddharth Kaul.
After the 75* and 66 in the first two ODIs, Dhawan’s form dipped in the last three ODIs of the series with scores of 28, 13 and 6. Ahead of the T20I opener, he was seen practising with a tennis ball to counter the bounce and swing generated by the home team’s pacers.
New Zealand will be desperate to turn things around after the drubbing in ODIs. Historically, New Zealand hold the upper hand over India in the shortest format of the game with 2-0 win in 2008-09 in the sole bilateral series played on New Zealand soil till date. The Black Caps edged India 1-0 in a two-match away series in 2012 before losing 1-2 in India in 2017-18.
India would breathe better knowing Trent Boult has been rested to manage his workload with World Cup three months away. The ball swung initially at the Westpac Stadium on Sunday and the conditions could have been to Boult’s liking. It will be interesting to see what rookie all-rounder Daryl Mitchell and pacer Blair Tickner do in their debut series.
New Zealand squad: Kane Williamson(c), Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Scott Kuggeleijn, Colin Munro, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Blair Tickner, James Neesham.