IndvsNZ, 1st ODI: Cricket Match Preview
Dharamsala: Buoyed by its spectacular success in Test series, an upbeat India will take on New Zealand in the first ODI at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association stadium here on Sunday.
With the shrewd Mahendra Singh Dhoni back to lead Men in Blue, India has already promised to play aggressive Cricket though fully realizing that NZ will be a different side in shorter version of the game.
Indians are undoubtedly the favourites but absence of Dhoni’s lucky charms Suresh Raina, R. Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja may play in his mind. Indian team will also miss pacers Mohd. Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar while Umesh Yadav and Dhawal Kulkarni will fill the spot.
The master finisher Dhoni will have to show his vintage form as big scores are eluding him since long. His failure in the series will raise the pitch for making Virat Kohli captain of ODI and T20 also. If MSD promotes himself up in the batting order, then it could act as a major boost for the side, many experts feel.
- Team has not yet sought Raina’s replacement.
- In the absence of injured and out of form Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane is the most suitable option to open the batting along with the top-run getter of 2016 for India, Rohit Sharma.
- The run machine Virat Kohli will be assisted by another class batsman Manish Pandey who is eager to do something big for the side.
- In the absence of Raina and presence of Manish Pandey, Dhoni may not promote himself.
- Bowling looks bit weaker as star bowlers are either rested or facing injury.
- Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra and Axar Patel will look after spin department while India has got Jasprit Bumrah,
- Umesh Yadav and Dhawal Kulkarni as pacers.
- After the retirement of destructive batsman Brendon McCullum, Latham has the chance to prove his ground along with talented Martin Guptill, who recently has got his form back in the 3rd Test match against India.
- Corey Anderson needs to play a big part if Kiwis are eyeing to begin the ODI series with a win.
- Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Matt Henry could make the proceedings difficult for the Indian batsmen.
- Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi and Luke Ronchi are the spinners which may create impact on the spin friendly pitches of India.
India: MS Dhoni (capt), Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey, Suresh Raina, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Jasprit Bumrah, Dhawal Kulkarni, Umesh Yadav, Mandeep Singh, Kedar Jadhav.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Anton Devcich, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Jimmy Neesham, Luke Ronchi (wk), Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, BJ Watling.
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