After putting together a rain affected T20 series, Team India Gearing up for ODI conferences, starting this Friday in Auckland. Veteran hitter Shekhar Dhawan has joined the unit and is ready to lead a group of young men against the full force Black Caps. It will be Dhawan’s third ODI series as captain of India. He will certainly be looking for another feather in his cap as the team has yet to lose a series under his leadership.
Meanwhile, Kane Williamson is also back and set to lead New Zealand in 3 matches. He was on the bench for 2Abbreviation II T20I at Mount Maunganui and also missed the third appointment at Napier due to a “pre-scheduled medical appointment”. In his absence, speedster Tim Southee took charge, but the team could not find winning ways.
However, the hosts will be looking to start over, and visitors will also stress the one-on-one performances as the series will add to preparations for next year’s Over-50 World Cup. Prior to the opening ODI in Auckland, the two captains – Williamson and Dhawan – arrived at Eden Park to unveil the trophy.
The video was shared on the official social media handles of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, where both cricketers can be seen having a small talk and also exchanging laughter.
“Smiles, friendly banter, and the trophy unveiled!”: the caption on the video reads.
Meanwhile, Dhawan addressed the journalist before the match where he was asked about the change in leadership during the tour of Zimbabwe. KL Rahul returns in the series and was initially named as Dhawan’s deputy. However, the Karnataka cricketer was handed the captaincy before the first match.
“First of all, I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to captain my team at this point in my career. Back in Zimbabwe, Kuala Lumpur Rahul was the main vice-captain. When he came back from injury, it was in my mind that he had to go and play the Asian Cup, he might get I got the chance to lead the team in case Rohit Sharma gets injured.So I thought Kuala Lumpur could get some experience captaining the team in Zimbabwe.