IND v NZL, 1st ODI Preview: India gear up for the Kiwi challenge after dismantling the Kangaroos

The staff steadiness seems stunning, nevertheless it’ll be troublesome for Williamson to duplicate something just like the World T20 opener at Nagpur final yr

Indian staff(Picture credit score ought to learn LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Photos)

Aussies have been left flattered by a complete efficiency from India and now, Blackcaps lands within the lion’s den to do one thing out of the field. During the last couple of a long time, no Indian aspect managed to keep up this degree of consistency in outplaying the opponents and with due respect to the wonderful New Zealand aspect, they may have a extremely arduous time.

They’ve some good attacking choices within the financial institution, do the Kiwis. There’s tons of expertise coming in from Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill, Tim Southee, and Kane Williamson and the exuberance of Colin Munro, Mitchell Santner, and Henry Nicholls. The steadiness seems stunning, nevertheless it’ll be troublesome for Williamson to duplicate something just like the World T20 opener at Nagpur final yr.


As soon as once more, no indicators of Ashwin and Jadeja within the restricted overs fixtures, which is a transparent indication that Virat is keen to take this spinning trio of Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, and Yuzvendra Chahal to the 2019 World Cup. The likes of Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav are unable to interrupt into the aspect, which speaks volumes of the competitors at the moment.

Weighing the positives and negatives, participant to participant comparisons and up to date performances, India seems just like the agency favorites to triumph. But, they’ll disregard the New Zealand aspect at their very own peril. An thrilling collection awaits the followers and the opener hosted by the long-lasting Wankhede is an ideal icing on the cake.

Possible XI

INDIA: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (C), Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni(wk), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah

NEW ZEALAND: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Tim Southee

Focus will likely be on

Shikhar Dhawan (India)

The Gabbar is again within the aspect and sadly for Ajinkya Rahane, he sits out. Dhawan’s ODI report has been terrific this yr. He’s tailored for ODIs as he likes sustaining a strike-rate of 85-95. This strike-rate is just too excessive for Take a look at matches and beneath par for T20s. That’s one cause we don’t see him so comfy in different codecs. But, that is one thing he relishes and if he will get going, Wankhede is about to get some blistering leisure.

Colin Munro (New Zealand)

Extremely under-rated, however chic when he will get going. Colin Munro is likely one of the most fun skills and it’s an awesome pleasure watching him bat. He has an uncommon stance and an unorthodox approach, but, he will get the end result and will get them at a brisk tempo. A robust striker of the cricket ball, Munro can clear the most important of floor even with out connecting the ball properly. It’ll be attention-grabbing to see how he approaches as an opener.

Enjoying mixtures


Shikhar Dhawan is again on the helm of the order alongside the on tune Rohit Sharma, with Virat Kohli being the quantity three. Dinesh Karthik would possibly sneak into the XI after Manish Pandey’s dismal present in latest occasions and MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, and Kedar Jadhav will likely be comprising the center.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been a revelation within the Powerplay and within the demise overs, identical is the case with Jasprit Bumrah. Each these gamers are the spine of their bowling unit. Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav would be the working spinners, with Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya being the all-rounders.

New Zealand

Colin Munro and Martin Guptill are the brand new openers for New Zealand and common opener Tom Latham has been pushed down within the order. Kane Williamson will come  in at three and Ross Taylor at four. Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, and Colin de Grandhomme will kind the decrease center.

Trent Boult and Tim Southee are the brand new ball bowlers and so they’ll be bowling rather a lot within the demise as properly. Colin de Grandhomme is one other quick bowling choice and it’ll be attention-grabbing to see how his skipper makes use of him. Williamson is prone to go for two spinners in Santner and Ish Sodhi.


four – Jasprit Bumrah is four scalps in need of 50 Take a look at wickets.

200 – Virat Kohli will likely be showing in his 200th ODI on Sunday.

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