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Thursday, 23 January 2020

NewZealand Tour of India 2020: Team Squad


The Indian team for ODI and T20 for the NewZealand tour was announced recently. When India toured NZ in 2018 they won the ODI series 4-1 but lost the T20 series 2-1. In the fourth ODI held at Hamilton, India was bowled out for 92 runs by the Kiwi pacers. That was the only ODI match in the series where Indian batting was tested. Kiwis always appears in a different mindset in the T20s.In fact the Kiwis have always proved to be a thorn in flesh for the Indians in the T20 format. When they have met each other in 12 T20 NewZealand has emerged victorious in 8 of the outings. Meanwhile India managed just three victories and one of the game was abandoned.
India
T20 Squad:
Virat Kohli(c), Rohit Sharma,Lokesh Rahul,Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur
There will be some swing and pace in the NewZealand conditions and Indian batsmen needs to adjust to these conditions. They need to play close to their body and adjust yo the swing. It will be an interesting contest between the Indian batsmen and NewZealand bowlers. Unlike the earlier days India now boast of a strong pace unit with the likes of Bumrah, Shami and Saini in the ranks. They can hit the pace mark of 140 km/hr consistently . Kuldeep and Chahal will have to bowl in those unfamiliar conditions which will be different from those subcontinent pitches. India which once boasted of some great spinners are now lacking that grit and superamacy in spin department. Lately we are not getting great quality spinners from the domestic level and that seems to be a bit surprising. Sanju Samson who was was with India A in NewZealand has been added in the squad and he can make use of his experience in those conditions. With Lokesh Rahul donning the gloves against NewZealand we have to wait and see weather Rishabh Pant or Sanju gets a chance. Shreyas Iyer might be tested with some short balls from the Kiwi pacers and he should be wary of their ploy. Shivam Dube has been included as an all rounder. But his bowling hasn't been utilised much and he lacks the technique of a poor batsman. If he has to be regular part of the team he needs to contribute more with the bat and ball.

SANJU SAMSON

ODI Squad:
Virat Kohli(c), Rohit Sharma,Lokesh Rahul,Rishabh Pant, Prithwi Shaw,Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jhadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur
PRITHVI SHAW

The ODI team looks almost the same as the T20 squad with 2 changes. Sanju Samson and Washington Sundar has been replaced by Prithwi Shah and Kedar Jhadav. Prithwi Shah is a much talented batsman and has scored a century and a half century in two tests that he played for India. He was banned for some months for some minor doping issues. He was also caught in some injuries and now he should be excited to make a come back. Kedar Jhadav has been chipping in with some good scores , but lately hasn't contributed much with the ball. If his form with the ball continues to dip the team management should think of replacing him with a technically better batsman or a better all rounder who can contribute equally with bat and ball. With the presence of Jadeja it will be ideal for India to go for a specialist batsman. Let's see how team India fares in the Kiwis homeland. 



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