play against new zealand
Ishaan Kishan will be part of the playing XI in the first match of the ODI series against New Zealand. Captain Rohit Sharma has confirmed this. But they will not get to open. He will play in the middle order. Talking to the media before the match, the Indian captain said, “Kishan will bat in the middle order and I am happy that he will get a chance here after that brilliant innings in Bangladesh.”
Rahul has taken a break
KL Rahul was playing as a wicketkeeper in the series against Sri Lanka. Due to marriage, he will not play in New Zealand series. In his place, Ishaan Kishan will get a chance in the playing XI. Rahul was batting at number 5. Ishaan has played 10 ODIs so far and has not batted below number-4 even once. He has landed to open twice. At the same time, he has come to play at number-3 4 times and at number-4 3 times.
why shardul came back
Shardul Thakur is also a part of the team in this series. Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami and Umran Malik were India’s favorite fast bowling trio against Sri Lanka. With this, if leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal is included in the playing XI, then India’s lower order becomes very long. Rohit said that Shardul Thakur has been brought back into the team to sort out the issue but it is one of the areas the team needs to work on ahead of the World Cup.
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