India begin preparations for a 50-plus World Cup ODI at home next year, with a three-match series with New Zealand. The absence of big-name players has brought opportunities for the team management to try new faces. T20is bench players like Sanju Samson and Umran Malik should move on and see what value they can add to the team. This is also a chance for India to end their 4-game losing streak against New Zealand. They lost the ODI series 0-3 in their last visit.
Here’s what we think India should play in their first ODI against New Zealand in Auckland
1) Shikhar Dhawan: The alternate captain is now a one-format player, and the 2023 ICC World Cup is likely to be his swan song. Dhawan has been India’s most prolific white-ball batsman after Kohli and Rohit Sharma for the past decade and every game from now on is his best effort for the national team Opportunity.
2) Shub Manjill: Shubman is considered the future of batting in India and he has started to show what many expect from him. With KL Rahul failing to take his chances, a good performance from Shubman could shut Rahul’s door for good.
3) Suryakumar Yadav:The longer he hits the ball, the better he looks. This series features the batsman in form to show that he too can adjust his innings and hit big in ODI format.
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4) Shreyas Iyer: Another promising hitter who often flatters and cheats. His vulnerability to rising pitching is a well-known fact by now, and hitters need to avoid falling into that trap to contribute significantly to the cause.
5) Tri-State Samson: Sanju Samson deserves a long run in the team because if he consolidates his position, then India will have a batsman who can beat opponents with his attacking instincts.
6) Rishabh Pants:Despite his failure in T20 mode, Pant has been better in over-50 cricket and he needs to keep the team steady in the absence of key players.
7) Deepak Huda: Deepak Hooda will provide more depth at bat, and he also needs to take responsibility for 10 pitches. Hooda is a regular on the domestic circuit, and this is a good chance to see if he can pitch his full 10-over quota.
8) Shadur Thakur: Thakur provides bat and ball power. Given his all-around abilities, he’ll be a valuable addition to the team.
9) Umran Malik: Quick pace is something India lacked in Jasprit Bumrah’s absence and Umran Malik should have a chance to develop into an asset to the team.
10) Yuzvendra Chahal: The leg-spinner is a proven wicketkeeper who needs to lead the bowling offense in the absence of several senior members.
11) Ashdeep Singh: India’s biggest find of the year needs to take his T20I form to 50-over format
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