india vs new zealand preview: india vs pakistan preview team india can try new combination ready for clean sweep
Despite winning the first two matches against New Zealand, captain Rohit Sharma will not give up his aggressive stance, but the reserve players can be given a chance in the third and final T20 match on Sunday.
On the other hand, this match is just a formality for the New Zealand team, which has played five matches within two weeks since the World Cup semi-final. Such a brutal schedule and the absence of skipper Kane Williamson would have brought humiliation to the Kiwis, who were on the verge of a 0-3 defeat, but the outcome of the bilateral series may not have made much difference.
The Indian team has sealed the series after winning in Jaipur and Ranchi but there can be no better place to do a ‘clean sweep’ than at the Eden Gardens. This is Rohit’s first series as full-time T20 captain, in which he won both the toss first, it helped to take advantage of the situation and bowlers and batsmen did well.
Rohit had scored 264 runs in one-day cricket at the Eden Gardens itself and it would be gold for him to win the first series 3-0 as captain here. Coach Rahul Dravid will be helped to adapt to his new role after such a stupendous win. Within a week of this, the Test series against New Zealand is going to start.
Rohit and Dravid would now like to test the reserve players by giving them a chance. In case the sixth bowler is selected, Venkatesh Iyer can be made to bowl as the winds from the Hooghly river will give him extra swing. Ruturaj Gaikwad, Avesh Khan and Ishaan Kishan will be hoping that the captain will give them a chance in this match.
Gaikwad, who has been orange cap in IPL, can bat at any of the first three places. For this, either captain Rohit or vice-captain KL Rahul will have to sit out. It would be accurate to drop Rahul as he has to play a Test series after four days. Similarly, Avesh Khan can be fielded in place of Deepak Chahar or Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Yuzvendra Chahal can play in place of Axar Patel or Ravichandran Ashwin.
Ishan Kishan can be given a chance in place of Rishabh Pant, who has been playing continuously from the World Test Championship. The biggest achievement of this series was the form of Ashwin, who bowled economical in both the matches, taking two and one wicket for 23 and 19 runs respectively. He has become a contender for the ‘Player of the Series’ award even though he was not included in the limited overs team for four years.
The problem for New Zealand is between the 15th and 20th over in which their batsmen are not able to score runs fast. The Eden Gardens have been a batsmen’s haven and the team batting later in November will find it easier because of the dew.
India Squad: Rohit Sharma (captain), Lokesh Rahul, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan, Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Harshal Patel and Mohammad Siraj .
New Zealand Squad: Tim Southee (Captain), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Adam Milne, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi.
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