The first match of the three ODI series between India and New Zealand was played in Auckland. In this match, the hosts defeated Team India by 7 wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the series. After India’s defeat, cricket pundits are discussing the team’s performance. While batsmen like Rishabh Pant and Suryakumar disappointed in batting, players like Yuzvendra Chahal and Arshdeep flopped in bowling. Apart from this, India also lost many catches, which is one of the main reasons for the defeat of Team India.
Apart from this, questions are also being raised on the strategy of captain Shikhar Dhawan’s selection of players. In the first ODI against New Zealand, the team’s star swing bowler Deepak Chahar did not get a place, Shardul Thakur was selected over him. Deepak Chahar specializes in taking wickets in the opening overs, he knows how to trouble the opposition batsmen with his swing bowling. Apart from this, another lapse in the playing eleven from Dhawan was that he landed on the ground with only 5 bowlers.
Hardik Pandya has returned home after the T20 series, while Ravindra Jadeja is out due to injury. These two players play an important role of all-rounders in Team India. In his absence, Deepak Hooda is the only player in the team who can play the role of an all-rounder. However, despite this, Dhawan did not give him a chance.
The disadvantage of Dhawan’s 5 bowler strategy was that India did not have any other bowling option. Apart from Dhawan, Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson were in the team. None of these players bowls. In such a situation, India felt the lack of 6th bowler in the first ODI against New Zealand.
Talking about the Indian bowling attack, except Washington Sundar, every bowler scored runs with an economy of more than 6. On the other hand, Arshdeep Singh, who is debuting in ODI cricket, spent the maximum 68 runs in 8.1 overs without taking any wicket. If Dhawan had an all-rounder here, Arshdeep might not have been given so many overs after the initial beating.
Shikhar Dhawan has the only all-rounder option in Deepak Hooda. If India go with 5 bowlers in the second ODI as well, then they need to feed Deepak Hooda, otherwise the team can go with 6 bowling options including Deepak Chahar. Now the thing to be seen will be which batsman will be cut by changing the strategy.