A radical change of approach is needed for an hour India But the question remains whether the likes of Imran Malik and Sanju Samson will be tested in the third and final T20 against New Zealand in Napier on Tuesday.
India was expected to try out one group of players after another Globalism Trophy disaster, but if the team’s formulation in the second T20 is any indication, they seemed reluctant to start with a clean record.
what: India and New Zealand, third T20I
When: November 22, Tue
where: McLean Park, Napier
time: 12 p.m. IST
India team news
Bar the individual brilliance of Suryakumar Yadav, the team would have struggled to score 160 on Sunday, a grim reminder of the troubles they faced in the Underground World Cup.
India’s approach to power has been a major concern. He tried Rishabh Pant up front with Ishan Kishan in the second half but the move didn’t work.
Given Pant’s class, one can expect him to shoot in the series.
Samson is another hitter who can make an instant impact but the team didn’t start with him.
Judging by the post-match comments of captain Hardik Pandya, it is unlikely that the management will make many changes for the third T20. India lead the group 1-0 with the series opener.
“I don’t know (about changes for the next game). I’d like to give everyone in the team a chance, but it’s just another game, so it’s a little tough,” said Hardik, who is seen as the next captain in the shortest format.
Chipman Gill was in the running for the opener also in the absence of the senior players, but the team took the lead with two left-handers. He will likely only get his chances in the ODI series to continue.
Pandya is keen to have more batsmen who can bowl in the eleventh play and Deepak Hooda has given him one option.
The biggest disappointment, however, was that Imran Malik was not included in the first match. It has proven that there is an urgent need for bowling in T20 cricket and the New Zealand series is essential to the development of the Jammu and Kashmir based tearaway.
In the absence of Jasprit Bumrah, Malik, who played three T20 matches earlier this year, will have to come under the pressure of playing for a senior side and being given a long spell.
Playing his first match in a while, Yuzvendra Chahal showed why he should be a regular in the team, but his wrist mate, Kuldip Yadav, may only play in ODIs.
New Zealand News Team
Facing a must-win scenario, New Zealand will play the field without their captain Kane Williamson who will miss the match due to a pre-arranged medical appointment.
In his absence, the team will rely more on the opening goal of Finn Allen and Glenn Phillips to put the opposition under pressure.
Home bowlers have leaked too many runs in death and will look to rectify that. New Zealand will also have to find a way to stop Surya, who is in his life form.
“Suryakumar played in unbelievable roles there. Everyone watched in amazement, some of the shots played. We’ve had some discussions already and we’ll have a little bit tomorrow before the game on how we can tackle him,” said New Zealand coach Gary Stead.
New Zealand: Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway (wk), Lucky Ferguson, Daryl Mitchell, Adam Milne, Jamie Nesam, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee (c), Ish Soddy, Blair Techner, Mark Chapman.
India: Hardik Pandya (c), Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldip Yadav, Harshal Patel, Mohammad Siraj, Bhuvneshwar Singh Kumar, Amrandeep.