The rain wreaked havoc not only in the T20 but also in the ODI series. The second and third matches were abandoned due to rain. In the first match, New Zealand easily defeated India by seven wickets against a big score. This defeat exposed the shortcomings of the Indian batting order, on the other hand it also exposed the Indian bowlers.
India’s bench was considered strong for the last few years, but once again it has been proved that there is no life in this backup. This was the reason that despite scoring 306, New Zealand easily defeated India in the first match with 17 balls to spare. Tom Latham scored an unbeaten 145 while his captain Kane Williamson scored an unbeaten 94.
It was a matter of pride that New Zealand did not get much batting opportunity in the second and third ODIs, otherwise the New Zealand team could have won the series unilaterally due to the circumstances. If only two more overs were done in the third match of Christchurch, then New Zealand would have won the Duckworth-Lewis method.
Shikhar Dhawan as captain is not able to lead from the front. Don’t know how many questions are being raised regarding Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson. Rishabh Pant is not running, still he is in the team continuously. The insistence of forcibly including Pant in white ball cricket first got Wriddhiman Saha out of the team, after that Ishaan Kishan lost his place in this position and now Sanju Samson is unable to join the team in any way.
Apart from Bharat Shrikar, will emerging names like Upendra Yadav also be just waiting for their turn. Suryakumar Yadav could not even walk in the New Zealand series, his contribution in the ODI series was only 4, 34 and 6 runs. In the last seven ODI innings, Surya has never been able to go beyond 30 runs. There is constant upheaval regarding the order of the sky, sometimes one down and sometimes in the lower order.
A reliable batsman can lose his rhythm if he is not allowed to stay at number four. Sanju Samson scored 36 runs in the first ODI, but did not get a chance in the remaining two matches.
Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer definitely impressed. Iyer has been playing well since the last series in New Zealand. He has scored half-centuries in four out of five innings, while in the third match of Christchurch, only one run was left behind. Washington Sundar has also proved his usefulness as an all-rounder.
Despite the presence of Arshdeep Singh and Umran Malik in bowling, the edge is not visible. Both have made their debut, but bowling as a team is still out of order.
Currently, the three-match ODI series is starting in Bangladesh from Sunday and it will also feature Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Lokesh Rahul. In this series, the Indian team can collect 30 points, which will further strengthen India at the top in the ongoing Super League for the World Cup. After this, two Test matches will also be played in Bangladesh.
Apart from Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant and Ishaan Kishan are also contenders to open the innings in the Bangladesh ODI series. Shikhar can be with Rohit but he did not leave any impact in New Zealand except the first match. Rajat Patidar, Rahul Tripathi, Shahbaz Ahmed, Washington Sundar, Mohammad Siraj, Kuldeep Sen and Deepak Chahar have been ignored in the series. India lost the last series to Bangladesh in 2015.
India A team is also on a tour of Bangladesh these days. In the four-day two-match series, India A’s upper hand remained heavy till the third day of the first match. Today is the last day of the first unofficial test going on in Cox’s Bazar and it is expected that this match will go in favor of India A team. Yashasvi Jaiswal and captain Abhimanyu Ishwar played century innings. The last four-day match will be played from December 6.
Under 19 Indian women team has taken a 3-0 lead in the five match series against New Zealand in Mumbai. The fourth match will be played on December 4 and the fifth match on December 6. Apart from captain Shweta Sehrawat, vice-captain Soumya Tiwari, G Trisha has impressed in batting while Harli Gala, Sonam Yadav and Archana Devi have impressed in bowling. This series is being held in view of the Under-19 Women’s World Cup to be held in South Africa next month.
And finally domestic cricket
The India D team has captured the Senior Women’s T20 Challenger tournament of four teams. India D defeated India A by seven wickets in the day night final match played at Raipur. While Yastika Bhatia scored an unbeaten 80 for India D, Harleen Deol scored 61 and Nuzhat Parveen scored 50 for India A.
The first day of the Under-16 Vijay Merchant Trophy tournament, which began yesterday, saw some interesting performances. While Baroda scored 632 for four against Nagaland in Hyderabad on the very first day, Mumbai scored 583 against Mizoram in Bhilai losing just one wicket.
The group stage of the Under 25 State Trophy ODI tournament concluded yesterday. Saurashtra, Mumbai, Bengal, Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat topped their groups after seven rounds of matches. Now knockout matches will be played from Sunday.
The fifth and final leg of the multi-day Under-19 Cooch Behar Trophy will begin on December 3. Meanwhile, in the fourth round match, Vidarbha’s Danish Malewar and Tamil Nadu’s Mohammad Ali scored their third century. Against Bihar, Danish has scored three centuries so far in the tournament by scoring an unbeaten 300, while Revanth Reddy of Andhra Pradesh has the maximum number of four centuries.
The final match of Vijay Hazare Trophy, the prestigious one-day tournament of domestic cricket, is being played today between Saurashtra and Maharashtra in Ahmedabad. The tremendous batting of Ruturaj Gaikwad and Riyan Parag was seen in the knockout match of this tournament. Ruturaj scored two consecutive centuries, he scored an unbeaten 220 against Uttar Pradesh, which is a new world record in List A cricket.
During this, he also hit 16 sixes. But the real thing was that he hit seven sixes in one over of Uttar Pradesh bowler Shiva Singh. It also includes a six hit on a free hit through a no ball. Ruturaj also scored 168 against Assam in the semi-final match. Ankit Bawne also scored a century with him.
In this way, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ankit Bawne equaled Robin Uthappa’s record of scoring maximum 11 centuries in Vijay Hazare Trophy. In another match, Riyan Parag of Assam scored 170 runs against Jammu and Kashmir with the help of 12 sixes, but he could not avoid his team’s 12 runs against Maharashtra in the semi-finals. Now it has to be seen whether Maharashtra wins the title for the first time or Saurashtra becomes champion for the second time.
It was a podcast based on the cricketing activities of the week – Suno Dil Se. Hello Sanjay Banerjee.