On the contrary, during the ODI series in recent years, New Zealand managed to keep the series alive till the last match, which is no less a feat. Team India which played in New Zealand a few weeks ago has completely changed. The captain of that team, Shikhar Dhawan is not even in the playing XI. Arshdeep Singh has been asked to participate in Ranji Trophy matches to strengthen his bowling muscles and prepare himself for ODIs and future Test matches.
Shardul Thakur has made a dramatic comeback in place of Arshdeep who could be a part of the XI. Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid want India’s bowling attack to be such that they have at least 6 options and that is why Shardul has come and that is why Washington Sundar also gets a chance in the XI, because often Patel is also there. Not part of this series. Suspense remains on the play of Yuzvendra Chahal once again. It is not clear whether he is fully fit now or not as he missed the last 2 ODIs due to being unfit. But for his partner Kuldeep Yadav, there is no such problem. They will play but the competition will not be easy for them.
Especially against new New Zealand captain Tom Latham, whose personal record against India is exceptional, he has been extremely impressive against Kuldeep as well. Moving on, one more thing which might not be digested by Indian cricket lovers if Team India was on an important foreign tour and for that Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah were given rest in the name of workload management! The Kiwi team has done something similar.
Key members of the team that bounced back from 0-1 down to win the 2-1 ODI series against Pakistan earlier this month, Kane Williamson and Tim Southee are not a part of the squad. This has been done by New Zealand considering its very busy schedule till the 2023 World Cup. In such a situation, it can be said that the visiting team has not come with the intention of winning this series and this also means that the pressure will be completely on Team India. And this pressure will also benefit the team, if they win every match, they will become number 1 in the ICC rankings by leaving New Zealand behind. At present, Kiwi is at number 1, Team India is at the fourth position.
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