New Delhi. After facing defeat at the hands of Pakistan, India’s next match is with New Zealand (India vs New Zealand) in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. The match between India and New Zealand (IND vs NZ) will be played on Sunday (October 31). Before this match, former Indian cricket team captain Mohammad Azharuddin has suggested some changes in Team India’s playing XI. On the micro-blogging platform ‘Koo’, the former India cricket captain said, “India vs New Zealand on 31st is going to be a very important game for both the teams. Whoever wins will have the upper hand.”
Of the six teams in Group 2 of the T20 World Cup 2021, India, Pakistan and New Zealand are in the top rank. Pakistan is leading the group after beating India and New Zealand. Pakistan beat India by 10 wickets and then New Zealand by 5 wickets. Pakistan’s run rate is +0.738. Pakistan now has to play the remaining 3 matches against Afghanistan, Scotland and Namibia. The ranks of all these three teams are low. In such a situation, the chances of Pakistan winning are high and also reaching the semi-finals. On the other hand both India and New Zealand have not opened their account yet. So far they have played only one match each and both the teams have lost. In such a situation, this upcoming face-off between the two countries is very important and clearly a matter of ‘do or die’.
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It is believed that changes can be made in India’s playing XI in the match against New Zealand on Sunday. Looking at the match against Pakistan, what kind of changes India should make in their last 11, Mohammad Azharuddin, the former captain of the Indian cricket team, told about it. Mohammad Azharuddin told that Team India should go on the field against New Zealand with every strong weapon. He said that the Indian team needs to make two changes. If Hardik Pandya is not fit, then in-form batsman Ishan Kishan should be included in his place, while it would be right to give R Ashwin a chance in place of mystery spinner Varun Chakraborty.
It is worth noting that Hardik Pandya is not able to bowl much these days and due to this, the Indian team is having problems with the sixth option in bowling and Hardik is not proving to be more reliable in batting as well. With this, Varun Chakraborty is playing his first T20 World Cup and in the match against Pakistan, he could not impress much and had to be content without taking any wicket. At the same time, Ishan Kishan is in good form and his arrival can strengthen the team’s batting, as well as the arrival of R Ashwin, the team can be more balanced. Along with bowling, Ashwin also bats, which will strengthen the lower order of the team.