Match Review – New Zealand vs India, India in New Zealand 2022/23, first ODI



The Big Picture

The time has come in the endless cycle of cricket when the fiftieth form comes back to life. The T20 World Cup is over, and with the next ODI World Cup less than 12 months away, the three-match series between New Zealand and India that begins on Friday in Auckland will be the start of their preparation for the global event.

New Zealand lost the rain-hit T20I series 1-0 to India but they will know the only difference between the two sides was Suryakumar Yadav. And in ODI cricket, there is less chance of one player having a significant impact on the match. Moreover, they can draw inspiration from it India’s previous tour of the countrywhen the visitors won the T20I series 5-0 but New Zealand bounced back to lose them 3-0 in ODIs (and 2-0 in Tests).

India automatically qualified for next year’s ODI World Cup by virtue of being hosts. And though Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jaspreet Bumrah are gone from the series, they still have a quality squad. Shekhar Dhawan He is the captain of India again and will open the innings with him Shopman Gill The duo has scored three centuries in eight ODIs.

Deepak Hooda may be the only batsman in India’s line-up who can be trusted as a sixth choice bowling but in Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur, India have plenty of batting depth.

Form guide

New Zealand LLLWW (Last Five ODI Score Completed, Newest First)

in the spotlight

Mitchell Santner He may not be a wicket taker – he has 86 wickets in 84 ODIs – but he knows how to keep his cool. Even in the small territory of New Zealand, he has Impressive rate of economy from 4.81. If both teams’ attacking speed is evenly matched, Santner’s turnover could be the difference.

Shopman Gill He did not play during the T20I series but he did Great form in 50 over cricket This year, he has scored 530 runs at an average of 75.71 and a strike rate of 107.50. A similar performance in this series will go a long way towards nailing, at least, the reserve opening round for next year’s ODI World Cup.

Team news

New Zealand went in with only five bowling options in their recent matches, and they could again follow the same strategy. If so, from the side that played the third T20I, Ish Sodhi and Adam Milne can replace Latham and Henry. Sodhi is not part of the ODI team, while Milne was very expensive during the T20I match. Latham will also take over wicket-keeping duties from Devon Conway.

New Zealand (Potential): 1 Finn Allen, 2 Devon Conway, 3 Kane Williamson (captain), 4 Tom Latham (week), 5 Daryl Mitchell, 6 Glenn Phillips, 7 James Neesam, 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Matt Henry, 11 Lucky Ferguson

With Dhawan and Gill opening, Rishabh Pant is likely to return to the middle order. If the management opts for Hooda – he can field the ball too – then Sanju Samson will again have to sit out after not playing any of the T20Is. Josephendra Chahal He is the favorite for the wrist position, ahead of Kuldeep Yadav.

India (Potential): 1 Shekhar Dhawan (Captain), 2 Shubman Gill, 3 Shreyas Iyer, 4 Suryakumar Yadav, 5 Rishabh Pant (Week), 6 Deepak Hooda, 7 Washington Sundar, 8 Deepak Chahar, 9 Shardul Thakur, 10 Arshdeep Singh, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal / Kuldip Yadav

Pitch and conditions

Eden Park in Auckland is also a rugby venue with very short straights, so expect wide bowlers to fall short. The boundary gets shorter behind the wicket-keeper, so watch out for Suryakumar’s 360-degree game. In terms of economy rate, spinners (4.79) fared slightly better than fast spinners (5.03). The weather is expected to be cloudy and windy, with temperatures around 18 degrees Celsius. There is no forecast of rain at this time.

Statistics and trivia

  • Tim Southey One away from becoming the fifth New Zealand bowler to take 200 ODI wickets. Five for you will see Jump over Chris Cairns (201) and Chris Harris (203) to No. 3.
  • Since the 2019 World Cup Final, Williamson has played Only six ODIs. It’s a small sample size, but his batting average in those games was only 56.16.
  • Chahal is India Pioneer wicket-taker in ODIs This year – 21 wickets in 11 matches with an economy of 5.35.


“It’s tough but you feel it’s going to settle somewhere and I don’t know how and I don’t know what it’s going to look like. But there’s a huge amount of cricket and a lot of teams have about two teams at the moment that play international cricket. I know there are always talks about trying to make it more attractive.” , and any real formatting, context, different rule changes etc. So we’ll just see.”
Ken Williamson on the future of ODIs and whether the format is losing its appeal

“The key in cases like this is communication, whether that’s from the coach or the captain. If that communication is there, then the player has clarity as to why he’s not playing, because there can be many reasons why. So that’s when that clarity and transparency is there. Even when the individual feels down, which is very normal, he also understands that it is for a greater cause, for the greater good of the team.
India captain stand Shekhar Dhawan Sanju Samson not getting a chance during the T20I series

Hemant Brar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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