Face the men in blue T20 Globalism Cup semi-final exit in Australia but Tasman residency continues with new hope as a group of young Indian cricketers land in New Zealand for a limited tour that includes 3 T20Is and several internationals for a day.
The tour kicks off November 18th live and exclusive on Prime Video with the T20I Series in Wellington. In Rohit’s absence, Hardik Pandya will lead the team with Rishabh Pant as his deputy. In ODIs, Shekhar Dhawan will take charge of the side with the same deputy captain.
With the senior players resting as part of managing the workload, the selection committee demonstrated belief in a group of youngsters with the drive to groom the next batch of exciting and talented cricketers. Here’s a look at six of those who could emerge as heroes
Imran Malik: The talented youngster from Jammu and Kashmir made his debut earlier this year in Ireland after an impressive IPL season. The speed dealer has only played three matches for his country so far and there has been a lot of controversy over his speed and wicket-taking skills. But it created such an impact that former Selectors chief Dilip Vengsarkar and Australian pacer Brett Lee opined that he should have been in India’s squad for the 2022 T20 World Cup. Imran played a total of 33 T20 matches and took 45 wickets.
Arshdeep Singh: India’s top striker in the 2022 T20 World Cup, Arshdeep is the new team wizard with the new ball. He impressed everyone with his superb bowling in Australia taking 10 wickets in six matches in the superb event. After making his England debut earlier this year, the left arm has received 29 wickets in 19 matches so far. His gentle temperament makes him a professional death thrower and the team management has shown their faith in him.
Ishan Kishan: Ishan Kishan may have missed being part of India’s squad for the T20 World Cup, but he got a chance to establish his credentials on the tough tour to New Zealand. It can be the highest ranked port of India And wear wicket-keeping gloves, too. He was initially bred as the opening partner of Rohit Sharma, but an unimpressive IPL season followed by a series of failed trips brought him out of the fray. But now, he is set to return to the Indian dressing room after a three-month hiatus and will be excited to take on the New Zealanders. So far, he has played 19 T20Is and scored 543 runs. He also has 267 runs to his credit of 9 ODIs.
Shubman Gill: Shubman Gill put on a great show in the ODIs during the series against the West Indies and Zimbabwe. He has also been sentenced as “Man of the Chain” on both occasions. Furthermore, Gill earned 483 runs with a strike rate of 132.33 in the 2022 IPL season to guide the Gujarat Giants to their first tournament. The Punjab-born hitter is now ready to make his T20Is debut during the series against the Kiwi. Furthermore, conditions in New Zealand are expected to be similar to those in Australia where a generation distinguished earlier. Although his impressive showing against the Australians happened in the Tests. Gill’s superb strokes, under the leadership of Hardik Pandya, have made a huge success in the IPL 2022 for the Gujarat Titans. And now, only time will tell whether or not their fruitful chemistry will do the trick in New Zealand.
Kuldeep Sen: Rewa’s Kuldeep Sen is the newest participant in the ODI group. Madhya Pradesh speedster garnered attention at IPL 2022 while representing the Rajasthan Royals. Sen’s progress under the watchful eye of RR bowling coach Lasith Malinga was simply remarkable. His first call-up comes as a reward for his heroics in the Iranian Cup where he picked up eight wickets – including five wickets – against Saurashtra. Kuldeep only played 17 first-class matches but took 52 wickets.
Shahbaz Ahmed: He often saved the Royal Challengers Bangalore in tough IPL games with his all-around skill and consistent hard work that made him debut last month during ODI matches in South Africa at home where he picked 3 wickets in two matches. Prior to his international debut at Ranchi, Shahbaz made headlines with his astounding performance in the 2022 Ranji Cup. He achieved 482 runs in 10 runs with an impressive average of 60.25. Furthermore, Shahbaz 3 claimed a vital half century and a vital century against Madhya Pradesh in the semi-finals. Overall, he has over 1,000 rounds and 62 wickets to his name in 19 top-tier games.
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