Hello folks! whats going good, welcome back to another article, and as we promised before here’s the series preview article for you! Well whenever it comes to Ind vs NZ it’s always a friendly rivalry as it is with South Africa, as we all appreciate the performances of both the teams irrespective of the end result, some good and competitive cricket is definitely on the cards! Both this teams last met on the occasion the the 2019 world cup (semi-finals), which was quite an infamous incident for the Indian cricket fans and they will like to vanish that match away from their memories, as India were quiet closely beaten in a low-scoring thriller, in that match Dhoni and Jadeja led India’s fightback on the reserve day, but eventually fell short of the target after Dhoni’s run-out. But we should leave the past behind and focus on the series at hand.
Kohli and co. will definitely face NZ with a lot of confidence as their recent and bold series victory against Aus and SL, which sets a solid platform for the Indians to perform and which will also give them the requisite momentum, but unlike the world cup and the home series, the conditions in NZ are quite different in context of bounce and seam, the grounds in NZ are particularly small which in itself is tailor-made for T20 batting siting which we can expect the bowler to go for a ride, but as India have a solid bench-strength it won’t be a bigger predicament for them as they have got plenty of options to experiment on foreign pitches. Batting might not be a bigger concern for Indians but the bowling department has to be on-point, as India will require a solid death bowler like Bumrah and Shami, to end the innings on a high.
Coming to Kane Williamson and Team New-Zealand, they might just look to go back to the drawing board and re-group themselves as they were recently white-washed against Australia in the 3 test-match series played in Aus. Well they do have some respite in terms of home advantage and home conditions. Their track record at home has been quite impressive, but if we look back exactly a year ago (2019), they were badly beaten by India (4-1) in their own backyard, they did salvage some pride by winning the T20 series (2-1), and that series victory came without the likes of our premier players like Kohli and Dhoni! So the Kiwi’s have gotta be on their toes if they are to stand any chance to win the series.
Kohli will stake his trust on the upcoming batsman KL Rahul, as his performances recently have been quite astounding, and by looking at his confidence that he exerts while batting he will look to carry forward from where he left against the Aussies. Unlike the Aus series this is going to be a full-fledged series comprising of 5 T20’s, 3 ODI’s and 2 test matches, India will have to be very about the omnipresent threat of batsman like Colin Munro, the captain himself, and the natural opener Martin Guptill, as they can tear apart any bowling attack anywhere if it’s their day.
India will be touring NZ exactly after a period of 1 year, and another interesting stat about this series is that, India will play a test series in NZ right after a period of 6 long years, they last played a test series in NZ in Jan of 2014, after that BCCI showed no keen interest in holding a test series against ‘NZ in NZ’, although did play a test series against them at home in the 2016-17 season. India’s performance in the recent past (last 5 years) have been quite exceptional against the Kiwis both at home and away, so India might have that momentum shift in their favour. The brief squads for T20’s followed by ODI’s is as as follows –
India – Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, Sanju Samson, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant, Shivam Dube, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzi Chahal, W Sundar, J Bumrah, MD Shami, Navdeep Saini, R Jadeja, Shardul Thakur.
ODI – Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shivam Dube, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuz Chahal, R Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, MD Shami, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur and Kedar Jadhav.
India has also poised their stakes on Prithvi Shaw, as he is included in the One-day squad (and deservingly so), which will be a huge boost for him just at the right time, he will be coming back to the international arena after a hiatus of almost 1 and a half year. India will look for maximum experimentation in the many series they play until the T20 World cup, as they will need to find their ideal team combination and line-up, and such foreign tours provide the perfect platform for doing that.
This was our brief preview and take on the exciting Ind vs NZ series, we hope you will enjoy the series as much as you have enjoyed reading our article, we will hope for the youngsters and the new-comers to do exceedingly well and cement their place permanently in the squads and the playing XI as well and justify their selection in the team. Until next time, it’s goodbye and goodluck from your host Parth Minawala and the Cookieway team, do take good care of yourself, and also do not forget to leave your valuable feedback!