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.
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.
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.
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
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