Annoyed by the fickle climate, a determined Indian group would pray for a rain-free ultimate ODI towards New Zealand in its bid to complete on a fair keel in a collection that neither had context nor any main takeaways.
There may be forecast of scattered showers in Christchurch and nothing could be extra irritating than taking part in a collection the place the Gen-Subsequent of Indian cricket hardly obtained any recreation time to point out their prowess.
Out of 5 white-ball video games that additionally contains three-match T20I collection, two matches (one T20I and one ODI) didn’t yield any outcome and one recreation (T20I) was curtailed considerably and led to a tie attributable to Duckworth-Lewis methodology.
With the collection in line, Shikhar Dhawan and his males would goal to place up an impactful efficiency on the picturesque Hagley Oval floor, which has historically helped the seam bowlers and has a mean rating within the 230 vary up to now few years.
The Indian batting in first Powerplay (first 10 overs) has been a lot talked about and although skipper Dhawan has been a prolific ODI opener over time, even he understands that to safe his place for the following World Cup, his method wants a sea change.
His younger opening associate Shubman Gill, nonetheless, has proven extra intent in shot choice with scores of fifty and 45 not out within the two video games.
So has Indian cricket’s present blue-eyed boy Suryakumar Yadav, whose three sixes in a brief 12.5 overs of play on the Seddon Park, did ship the Indian supporters into raptures.
However the larger problem for Indian batting line-up can be to place up an above par rating towards New Zealand on a floor the place swing bowlers have dominated the roost up to now few ODI video games.
And for that, not simply the openers or Surya however the likes of Rishabh Pant additionally must step up and be counted.
Rishabh’s ODI document is fairly spectacular however at present, the runs have dried up for the reason that tour of England (primarily in 20 over cricket) and he’s one participant, who wants to fireside with the intention to be certain that Indian middle-order appears to be like aggressive towards a top quality Black Caps assault.
Rishabh’s presence and lack of bowling choices among the many specialist batters additionally successfully imply that Sanju Samson has to as soon as once more sit out, just like the final recreation the place Deepak Hooda, due to his all-round abilities, was most well-liked over the immensely common cricketer from Kerala.
For the reason that final match was a wash-out, it will likely be fascinating if interim head coach VVS Laxman decides to shuffle with the taking part in XI, particularly the bowling assault the place Kuldeep Yadav is but to get a chance.
However to go away out both Yuzvendra Chahal or Washington Sundar can be doing them a disservice.
Shardul Thakur appeared pedestrian within the opening ODI in Auckland and, in all chance, Arshdeep Singh, Deepak Chahar and the fiery Umran Malik will proceed to steer the tempo assault.
For the New Zealand pacers Matt Henry, Tim Southee and Lockie Ferguson, there couldn’t be a greater venue to take advantage of the frailties in India’s batting to the fullest.
Equally, the Indian bowling assault would get a conducive bowling observe to ask some probing inquiries to the likes of Tom Latham and Kane Williamson, who’ve proved to be the thorn in flesh over the last recreation.
India: Shikhar Dhawan (captain), Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Deepak Chahar, Arshdeep Singh, Shardul Thakur and Umran Malik.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Finn Allen, Devin Conway, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Michael Bracewell, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Adam Milne, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner and Lockie Ferguson.
Match Begins: 7 am IST.