IND vs NZ Preview: ODI World Cup turn after T20, India’s preparation will start under the leadership of temporary captain

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The first ODI between India and New Zealand will be played in Auckland.
Preparation for 2023 ODI World Cup will start through this series
Young players will be tested under the leadership of Shikhar Dhawan

New Delhi. After being eliminated from the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup, Team India may have defeated New Zealand in the 3 T20 series at home. But, there is still scope for change in the style of playing of the Indian team in this format, which can be seen in the upcoming series. However, this is the latter. Before this, Team India has to face New Zealand in ODI. A three-ODI series is to be played between the two countries from Friday. With this series, preparations will start for the ODI World Cup to be held in India next year. It is a different matter that the beginning of this preparation will not be the same as it should be in the year of the World Cup. Because India is playing this series in the absence of the regular captain.

Shikhar Dhawan has been made the captain of Team India for this series. At the same time, players like Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Jaspreet Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja are not playing in this series. In such a situation, the Indian team management has a chance to test the youth.

ODI World Cup is to be played in India in October-November next year. That is, now only 11 months are left in this tournament. In such a situation, through the ODI series against New Zealand, it will be known roughly that with the empty slot of the middle order, how India’s bowling attack can be, its picture will also be visible to some extent.

New Zealand may have lost the rain-interrupted T20I series 1-0. But, the Kiwi team knows that the only difference between the two teams in this series was Suryakumar Yadav. In ODI cricket, the chances of one player having such a big impact on the match are less. Anyway, talking about India’s last New Zealand tour, then Team India started the tour with a bang. India made a clean sweep of the Kiwi team in the five T20 series. But, after this, New Zealand made a tremendous comeback and clean swept India in the series of 3 ODIs and 2 Tests. In such a situation, New Zealand will definitely present a challenge to India in the ODI series.

Dhawan will also be tested
Dhawan will be close to 38 years during the World Cup next year. In the last two seasons, he has scored close to a thousand runs in ODIs. He is now playing only ODIs. However, due to two consecutive T20 World Cups and the Test Championship, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have played only one-third as many matches as Dhawan during this period. In the absence of Rohit, India has got a good batsman in the form of Shubman Gill in the top order. He has left his mark as an opener in ODIs. Gill has impressed a lot this year as Dhawan’s opening partner.

Gill will open the innings with Dhawan
Between Dhawan-Gill, there has been a partnership of more than 100 runs three times in 8 ODIs. However, even in this format, Dhawan starts slow in the powerplay and later tries to score fast runs. Whether this left-handed batsman from Delhi will be retained along with Rohit, Rahul and Gill for the next one year, this decision will clear the thinking of the team regarding the ODI World Cup.

How will be India’s batting lineup?
KL Rahul has been seen batting in the middle order on many occasions in ODIs. Shreyas Iyer remains an important player of Team India in ODIs despite the problem of playing short ball. Suryakumar Yadav, the kind of form he is in, he cannot be ignored in the middle order at least in limited overs cricket. Sanju Samson is also an option in the middle order, who cannot be ignored for long.

He can be tested in this role in the ODI series against New Zealand. At the same time, Deepak Hooda can be the only batsman in the Indian team who can be trusted as the sixth bowling option. However, in the form of Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur, India also have depth in the batting and the same can be tested in this ODI series against New Zealand.

How will India’s bowling attack be?
India and New Zealand have to play 3 ODI series within five days. In such a situation, getting ready for every match for the fast bowlers will be no less than a challenge. In the absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar can play the role of swing bowler. Shardul Thakur can also be tried along with him. Because both these bowlers can also bat well in the lower order.

Apart from this, Arshdeep Singh can be the third fast bowler. By the way, Umran Malik can also be an option. But, considering the size of Auckland’s ground, feeding a fast bowler like him can prove to be a deal of more loss than profit. Washington Sundar can also be a part of the playing-XI and Yuzvendra Chahal will be Dhawan’s first choice as a wrist spinner. He is also the highest wicket-taker for India in ODIs this year.

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New Zealand’s pace attack is very strong
New Zealand’s bowling attack for the ODI series will largely remain the same as in the T20 series. Apart from Tim Southee, Adam Milne, Lockie Ferguson, New Zealand’s bowling attack looks very strong due to the presence of Matt Henry. At the same time, all-rounders like James Neesham and Daryl Mitchell also bowl well. In such a situation, the bowling attack of the Kiwi team looks quite lethal. As far as batting is concerned, Kane Williamson and Tom Latham will strengthen New Zealand’s batting in the middle order. Finn Allen is in the top order.

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India’s squad for the ODI series: Shikhar Dhawan (Captain), Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Sanju Samson, Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Deepak Chahar, Arshdeep Singh, Shardul Thakur, Umran Malik.

New Zealand Squad: Kane Williamson (c), Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (wk), Adam Milne, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee.

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