IND vs NZ T20I Series: Indian team is now ready to play T20 match with New Zealand. This series is going to be very challenging for Team India, because many big and legendary players are not playing in this series. But there is also an advantage of this, that is that young and young players will get a chance to play and they can confirm their place in Team India by performing well. Although the One Day World Cup is to be played in India next year, but the young players will definitely have an eye on the T20 World Cup 2024, for which preparations are being made from now itself. Hardik Pandya is captaining in this series. He is also being seen as captain in T20 International for the future. So he will also have a chance to prove his captaincy. Meanwhile, Hardik Pandya will have a chance to do some experiments which will be in the interest of the team and he needs to show big heart. If he manages to pull off some big decisions, he could be in a position to join the club of former captains Sourav Ganguly and MS Dhoni.
Hardik Pandya has captained Team India in two T20 Internationals so far.
In fact, Hardik Pandya has just captained Team India in two T20 Internationals. When the Indian team toured Ireland, many big players were still on rest and the responsibility of captaining the young brigade was in the hands of Hardik Pandya. Although Ireland was a weak team, but Hardik Pandya impressed with his captaincy and won both the matches of the series. Now again this responsibility has been given on his shoulders. Meanwhile, if Hardik Pandya shows the guts to take some big decisions, he can dominate the world like former captain and former BCCI president and former captain MS Dhoni. Actually Virender Sehwag made his debut under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly. But earlier Virender Sehwag used to bat in the middle order, but seeing his talent Sourav Ganguly got him to open Team India and after that what Sehwag did is neither hidden from anyone nor needs to be told to anyone. The whole world knows. Similarly, under the captaincy of MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma made his debut for Team India. Earlier Rohit also used to play in the middle order. But when MS Dhoni saw Rohit’s batting, he gave him the responsibility of opening. Rohit Sharma became Hitman Sharma only after opening and after that he did the work of making history in both ODI or T20 and is doing it now.
Hardik Pandya can take the risk of opening with Rishabh Pant against New Zealand
If Hardik Pandya convinces the team management to make Team India open with Rishabh Pant in the series against New Zealand, then it will be a big deal in itself. Rishabh Pant has been playing T20 cricket for a long time, but his place in Team India has been constantly questioned and his place in the playing XI also remains shaky. This was the reason that in the six matches that Team India played in the T20 World Cup, they got a chance in the playing eleven only in the last two matches. First he took the field against Zimbabwe and then was seen playing against New Zealand in the semi-finals, but both his innings could not leave any impact. In such a situation, raising questions is also justified. But the way Rishabh Pant plays, it seems that if he gets to play six overs of the powerplay, he can do wonders. But if Hardik Pandya takes this decision, then he should be made to open in all the three matches of the series, not just for one or two matches. Although it will not be easy to build a consensus on this decision, but if it happens then it will be amazing.
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