3 ODI series between India and New Zealand from January 18
Ishaan Kishan is set to play in the absence of KL Rahul
If Suryakumar Yadav plays then it will be difficult in the team instead of Shubman Gill
New Delhi. After eliminating Sri Lanka in the ODI series, Team India got a break of 2 days and now India has to play 3 ODI series against New Zealand. Its first match will be played in Hyderabad. This series is important for India in terms of preparation for the World Cup. Because the New Zealand team is number-1 in the ICC ODI rankings and has come to India after defeating Pakistan. In such a situation, India is expected to get a tough competition from New Zealand in the ODI series against Sri Lanka.
The challenge for captain Rohit Sharma and coach Rahul Dravid is not only to make a winning strategy against New Zealand, but with which 11 players to go in the first ODI, it is also a headache. KL Rahul and Akshar Patel are not part of the Indian team in the 3 ODI series against New Zealand due to family reasons. In such a situation, it will not be easy for India to decide the playing XI in Hyderabad ODI.
Ishaan will be seen playing the role of wicketkeeper
KL Rahul is not playing the ODI series against New Zealand due to family reasons and Rishabh Pant is out of the team due to injury. In such a situation, the team has two options regarding wicketkeeping. KS Bharat and Ishan Kishan. But, apart from Kishan, the team is hardly seeing any player in the role of wicketkeeper batter. In such a situation, in the absence of KL Rahul, Kishan will be seen playing the role of wicketkeeper in the ODI series. However, it will be interesting to see at which number he will bat.
Will Gill have a game like Ishaan’s?
Ishaan had scored the fastest double century in ODIs while opening in the absence of Rohit Sharma in his last ODI in Bangladesh. However, despite scoring a double century, he had to sit on the bench in the ODI series against Sri Lanka. Because Shubman Gill was the first choice of captain Rohit and team management as an opener. The captain reposed faith in Gill and he lived up to it. Gill scored more than 200 runs in 3 ODIs against Sri Lanka with the help of 1 century and a half-century and further strengthened his claim as an all-format player for India.
Will Gill be released if Suryakumar plays in the middle order?
From this point of view, it seems impossible to move Shubman Gill from the opening slot. However, if the team management decides to feed Suryakumar in the middle order in the absence of KL Rahul, then there will be trouble. Because being a wicketkeeper, Ishaan will be a part of the playing-XI. In such a situation, either Shubman Gill or Shreyas Iyer will have to sit outside. If the Indian team management decides to open with Ishaan, then only Gill will be left out of the playing XI.
That is, the same thing will happen with Gill, as happened with Ishaan after scoring a double century on Bangladesh tour. However, this situation will be created only when a decision is taken to feed Suryakumar in the middle order. If this does not happen, then Ishaan will come to bat at number-5 in place of KL Rahul as wicketkeeper and Gill will start the innings. At the same time, Washington Sundar is also sure to get a chance in place of Akshar Patel as a finger spinner.
FIRST PUBLISHED : January 17, 2023, 06:54 IST