Hyderabad. Ishan Kishan scored a double century against Bangladesh last month and he came into the match as an opener. Even after this, he did not get a chance in the playing-11 for the ODI series against Sri Lanka. KL Rahul landed as wicketkeeper. Ishaan is expected to get a chance in the ODI series against New Zealand (IND vs NZ) starting on Wednesday, 18 January. Rahul has left the series due to marriage. Although Ishaan will not get a place in the opening. Captain Rohit Sharma has stamped it. Team India would like to reach number-1 in the ODI rankings by winning the series.
Rohit Sharma has made it clear before the match that Ishaan Kishan will play in the middle order instead of opening. In this way, even after scoring a double century, he has been demoted. Shubman Gill was preferred over him, who opened against Sri Lanka with captain Rohit Sharma. Gill played innings of 70, 21 and 116 runs in 3 matches. Ishaan Kishan has landed in the middle order 3 times in ODIs. The second wicketkeeper KS Bharat has been kept as cover.
Siraj did a great performance
The performance of fast bowler Mohammad Siraj in the series against Sri Lanka was commendable. Apart from Gill and Virat Kohli, Rohit also scored 83 and 42, but he could not score a century. Kohli hit one century after the other and returning to the old form has rung the alarm bell for New Zealand. Shreyas Iyer scored 28, 28 and 38 against Sri Lanka. He is out of the series due to a back injury. Rajat Patidar has been included in his place.
Akshar is also not in the team
Apart from Rahul, Akshar Patel has also been given a break, in whose place Shahbaz Ahmed can be a part of the playing XI. It remains to be seen whether the team management drops him or Washington Sundar gets a chance. So far India has preferred a wrist spinner. In such a situation, one of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav has been selected, who also impressed against Sri Lanka.
Both teams are
India: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Suryakumar Yadav, KS Bharat, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umran Malik .
New Zealand: Tom Latham (c), Finn Allen, Doug Bracewell, Michael Bracewell, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Jacob Duffy, Lockie Ferguson, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Henry Shipley, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner.
FIRST PUBLISHED : January 17, 2023, 17:50 IST