The New Zealand team is currently on India tour for three-match ODIs (One-day Internationals) followed by three Twenty20s. Two of the ODIs are already over with both India and New Zealand winning one each and the third one scheduled to be played at Kanpur on 29th will decide the ODI results.
With the T-20 format becoming popular, cricket has changed a lot and has become more of a high pace game. The players need to be really fit and agile and both the teams are serious about it.
For both the ODI and the T-20 squad, the skippers for Indian and Kiwi team are same – Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson respectively. For the ODI squad, India has chosen 6 batsmen and 5 bowlers along with two all-rounder and two wicketkeepers.
Team : New Zealand
The Kiwi’s ODI squad has Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor and Colin Munro (Batsman), Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls and Glenn Phillips (wicket-keeper batsman), Kane Williamson(c), Colin de Grandhomme and George Worker (batting all-rounder), Mitchell Santner( bowling all-rounder), Tim Southee, Adam Milne, Trent Boult, Matt Henry and Ish Sodhi (all bowlers).
Team : India
The Indian team has Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan as openers followed by skipper Kohli, Dinesh Karthik (batsman), Kedhar Jadhav (batting all-rounder), Hardik Pandya (bowling all-rounder), MS Dhoni (wk batsman), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (medium pacer), Axar Patel (spinner) Jasprit Bumrah (medium pacer), Yuzvendra Chahal (spinner), Kuldeep Yadav (spinner), Ajinkya Rahane (batsman), Manish Pandey (batsman) and Shardul Thakur (medium pacer).
Both the captains of India and New Zealand are a right-handed batsman and are in excellent form. Virat has more experience in ODIs as he has played 210 matches till date, while Kane has played 116 with a strike rate of 84.05. For Virat, the strike rate is 91.57. He is also at the second rank behind Tendulkar with 31 centuries in ODI. The 31st century of his, when he surpassed Ricky Ponting to come to the second spot, came in the first ODI between the two teams in Mumbai on 22nd October.
The Indian star bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah are on fire. In the second ODI that was held on 25 October at Pune, together they sent five New Zealanders back to the pavilion. India was one down in the 3-match ODI series when they came on the field in this match and hence was under pressure to keep the series alive. Kiwis, on the other hand, were motivated from their win in the first ODI. But, both these bowlers put the New Zealand openers to a stern test.
There was a period in the match when the Indian bowlers bowled ten dots in a row, a feat that is very difficult to achieve in an ODI. As if it was not enough in the first seven of these dot balls, they took three wickets too with hardly any runs on the scoreboard.
The Men in Blue would definitely like to clinch the ODI series in their last match on 29th to maintain their winning spree. Recently, they have won the series with Sri Lanka and Australia.