Frustrated by the choppy weather, the desperate Indian team has been praying for a rain-free final match against New Zealand in their bid to finish a series without context or any takeaways.
There is a forecast of intermittent rain in Christchurch and nothing could be more upsetting than playing a series in which the Gen-Next of Indian Cricket have hardly any playing time to show off their prowess.
Of the five white ball games also involving the three-match T20I series, two (one T20I and one ODI) matches yielded no result and one (T20I) match was significantly curtailed and ended in a draw due to the Duckworth-Lewis method.
With the series in line, Shikhar Dhawan and his men have been aiming for an impactful performance on the picturesque ground of Hagley Oval, which has traditionally helped bowlers and has average scores in the range of 230 in the past few years.
what: India against New Zealand, 3 ODIs
When: November 30 (Wednesday)
where: Hagley Oval, Christchurch
time: 7 a.m. IST
India’s batting in the Powerplay first (10 overs) has been much talked about, and although captain Dhawan has been a prolific ODI opener over the years, he understands that to ensure his place in the next World Cup, his approach needs a sea of change. .
However, his young partner Shopman Gill showed more intent in selecting shots with 50 and 45 not out in the two matches.
So does India’s current blue-eyed cricketer Suryakumar Yadav, whose three-year six in a short 12.5 batting at Seddon Park has sent Indian fans into ecstasy.
But the biggest challenge for India’s batting line-up will be in hitting above-average runs against New Zealand at a ground where swing bowlers have dominated in the last few ODI matches.
And for this, not only the editorials or the Surya but the likes of Rishabh Pant also need to increase their numbers and account.
Rishabh’s ODI record is very impressive, but currently, runs have dried up since the England tour (primarily in 20 on cricket) and he’s one player, who needs to shoot in order to make sure the Indian middle order looks competitive for quality. Black hat attack.
The presence of Rishabh and the lack of bowling options among the specialist batsmen also effectively meant that Sanju Samson would have to bowl again, such as the last game where Deepak Hooda, on account of his all-around skills, was preferred to the hugely popular cricketer from Kerala.
Since the last match was a losing one, it will be interesting if caretaker coach VVS Laxman decides to play XI, especially the bowling attack as Kuldeep Yadav has yet to get a chance.
But excluding Yusvendra Chahal or Washington Sundar will hurt them.
Shardul Thakur looked pedestrian in the opening ODI in Auckland and, in all likelihood, Arshdeep Singh, Deepak Chahar and fiery Umran Malik will continue to lead the pace attack.
For New Zealand footballers Matt Henry, Tim South and Lucky Ferguson, there could be no better place to exploit weaknesses in India’s fight to the fullest.
Similarly, the Indians’ bowling attack will have a bowling track that is conducive to asking some probing questions on the likes of Tom Latham and Kane Williamson, who have proven to be thorns in the flesh during the last match.
India: Shekhar Dhawan (captain), Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Kuldip Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Deepak Chahar, Arshdeep Singh, Shardol Thakur and Imran.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (Captain), Finn Allen, Devin Conway, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Michael Bracewell, Tim South, Matt Henry, Adam Milne, Jimmy Neesam, Mitchell Santner and Lucky Ferguson.