The third ODI between India and New Zealand will be played in Indore on January 24.
Virat-Rohit have special opportunity to prepare for Australia series
New Delhi. First defeated Srilanka and now washed New Zealand..India could not have expected a better start to 2023 in the year of ODI World Cup. What was lacking in the ODI series against Sri Lanka. Rohit Sharma’s team India completed it against New Zealand. By winning the first 2 ODIs, Team India has sealed the series. The third and last ODI is to be played in Indore on 24 January (Tuesday). In such a situation, the result of this match will not have much effect on the series. In such a situation, before the Test series against Australia starting next month, captain Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have a chance to prepare themselves for the test of red ball cricket. Simply, for this they will have to make sacrifices and this sacrifice is to leave the last ODI and start preparing for the Test series from now itself.
After ODI, India also has to play 3 T20 series from New Zealand. Virat-Rohit are not part of the team selected for this series. Now both of them will go directly to the first match of the Border-Gavaskar Test series to be played against Australia in Nagpur on 9th February. In such a situation, if both want, they can keep themselves out of the last ODI against New Zealand. With this, the players sitting on the bench will get a chance to play in front of a world class team and both of them can enter Ranji Trophy to prepare themselves for red ball cricket before the crucial Test series against Australia.
Virat struggling against spin bowlers
Anyway, it is not easy for any player to get into Test directly from limited overs cricket. Anyway, this time the Australian team coming on the tour of India looks very strong. He has good fast bowlers as well as spin bowlers. In recent months, Virat Kohli has been seen struggling in front of spin bowlers in every format. After the Test series against Bangladesh, he became the victim of left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner in the first 2 ODIs against New Zealand.
Virat-Rohit will have to make sacrifices!
The last round matches are going on in the elite group of Ranji Trophy in India. In such a situation, both have a chance to skip the last ODI against New Zealand and represent their respective home teams in the last round match of the elite group of Ranji Trophy starting from the same day. Not only this, they will be able to prepare themselves better for the Australia series. Rather, this will also send a message to other players of Team India that they should also give preference to domestic cricket.
Mumbai has to take off for the Ranji Trophy match against Maharashtra from 24 January. Mumbai has a chance to reach the knock out stage. If Rohit comes on the field for this match, then not only the Mumbai team, but India can also benefit. He will have a chance to prepare himself for red ball cricket before the Australia series.
Pujara-Jadeja will also play in Ranji Trophy
The good thing for India is that Cheteshwar Pujara, who has been selected for the first two Tests against Australia, will play for Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy match starting on January 24. All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is also expected to play in this match. He has joined the team. In such a situation, if Rohit-Virat also play a match of Ranji Trophy, then both of them will get good match practice before the important test against Australia. This series is important for India to reach the final of the World Test Championship.
FIRST PUBLISHED : January 23, 2023, 08:22 IST