NZ vs IND 1st T20I: In the recently played T20 World Cup in Australia, Team India was eliminated after losing in the semi-finals. Several shortcomings of the team also came to the fore in the tournament. Now the challenge of New Zealand is in front of the Indian team. It has never been easy to beat the Kiwis especially at their home. On the other hand, under the leadership of Hardik Pandya, the young Indian team, which reached here, is in high spirits. This team would like to heal the wounds of the World Cup by rectifying the old mistakes. In this series, the captaincy of the team has been handed over to Hardik Pandya, for whom the real test will be here. Earlier, Hardik captained the team in the two-match T20 series against Ireland.
The Indian team will aim to change their old playing style with the help of ‘young and fearless’ players in the three-match T20 series against New Zealand starting on Friday. India had adopted an attacking style of batting after a dismal World Cup performance in the UAE last year but by the time the next World Cup came around, the top-order batsmen struggled with poor form and could not play freely against the opposition bowlers. India’s wait of nine years to win an ICC trophy like this continued. With the next T20 World Cup still two years away, India have ample time to identify players and groom them with the attack-at-any-cost attitude adopted by England.
Team India can come down with a different strategy
Hardik Pandya is now being seen as the successor of Rohit Sharma in T20 International cricket. The World Cup is to be played in 2024 and the possible captain of the team, Hardik Pandya, can be seen in the next T20 World Cup. In the absence of head coach Rahul Dravid, the team’s stand-in coach VVS Laxman has indicated that the management is keen on bringing in only T20 specialists to meet the requirements of the modern game. With the 50-over ODI World Cup to be held next year, the focus will now be more on the one-day format but India will want to take full advantage of the three T20 matches here and then nine more T20 matches in the run up to the World Cup.
There will be a sharp eye on the youth
Virat Kohli was in fine form in Australia but Rohit and KL Rahul were criticized for their lack of passion in the powerplay. Till the tournament to be held in 2024, there is little chance of these three playing in this format. In that context, now talking about the future of the T20 team, Ishaan Kishan and Shubman Gill can open the innings in the first match to be held here. At the same time, the team management would also like to give Rishabh Pant another chance in the top order. India’s young team has gone to New Zealand but despite this the players have decent international experience.
Kishan has been getting regular chances at the top of the order in the last 12 months and this series will be a good chance for him to establish himself as an opener. Sanju Samson has been given another chance and he will be eager to make the most of it. Washington Sundar has struggled with injuries in the recent past and now he will be back with the team from this series and he will also be expected to perform well with bat and ball.
also have to deal with this problem
One of the major reasons for India’s problems in T20s has been finger spinners not taking wickets in the middle overs. In this series, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal i.e. ‘Kulcha’ may once again get a chance to bowl together. India is looking for a bowler with Jasprit Bumrah who can bowl at a stormy pace and in such a situation, the team has Umran Malik to play the game. Umran did not find much success in his debut tour of Ireland and England and will look to bowl accurately without compromising on pace. Like Australia, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Arshdeep Singh are expected to share the new ball in New Zealand. Harshal Patel and Mohammad Siraj, who were sitting on the bench during the World Cup, may also get a chance in the playing 11.
New Zealand would also like to return
On the other hand, New Zealand will field a strong team led by Kane Williamson. New Zealand, like India, are reeling from yet another defeat in a World Cup knockout match and will be aiming to come back strong. In the absence of New Zealand’s Trent Boult, other fast bowlers are expected to be tried. Opener Martin Guptill will also miss the series and in such a situation, the responsibility of opening the innings will be on the shoulders of Devon Conway and Finn Allen. Williamson’s strike rate was also questioned during the T20 World Cup and he will also be eyeing to find his rhythm.
A look at the squads of both the teams
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Daryl Mitchell, Adam Milne, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tinkner.
India: Hardik Pandya (Captain), Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Harshal Patel, Mohammad Siraj, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh and Umran Malik .
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