Earlier than the beginning of the collection, the main target was firmly on Tom Latham. With Corey Anderson nursing an damage, New Zealand wanted a dependable participant within the middle-order, and the onus was on Latham who had batted as an opener in 37 ODIs.
Furthermore, Latham’s strike-rate of near 80 didn’t augur properly for a modern-day opener, and the team-management took the daring name of sending Latham at quantity 5, and the transfer has now paid wealthy dividends.
The 25-year-old scored an unbeaten 103 within the first One-Day Worldwide on the Wankhede Stadium, as New Zealand surprised India by seven wickets to go one nil up within the three-match collection. He walked into bat when New Zealand was reeling at 80 for 3 in pursuit of 281 however shared a decisive 200-runs stand with Ross Taylor to take the Kiwis residence.
Latham, who had additionally scored a century within the second warm-up recreation, deservedly received the Man of the Match and expressed his delight over his efficiency within the powerful circumstances.
Talking after the win, Latham admitted the batting was powerful after ‘holding for 50 overs however was delighted to do his work at a brand new place.
“It was fairly humid on the market. Holding for 50 overs after which batting is fairly powerful. Situations again residence are fairly completely different, so good to see it via,” he stated on the presentation ceremony.
“No matter fits the crew, and in the meanwhile that No. 5 place is up for grabs. It’s one thing I’ve been engaged on – the reverse sweep. Good that it got here off right this moment. The largest factor is communication, and we had been speaking repeatedly between overs. Ross had a relaxing affect as a senior participant,” he added.