IND vs NZ: India On The Cusp To Become No.1 ODI Side In ICC ODI Rankings

Published - 22 Jan 2023, 02:53 PM

Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami (Image Credits: Twitter)

Indian Cricket Team dismantled mighty New Zealand in the 2nd ODI. The Men in Blue won the match by 8 wickets and sealed the ODI Series. Mohammed Shami was the wrecker in chief where he took 3 scalps for 18 runs in his 6 overs spell and was quite spot on with his line & length.

New Zealand would be in a state of shock where they looked in all sorts of trouble. New Zealand batters applied a defensive approach in the power-play overs which hurt the team. It won’t be wrong to say that the team is missing Martin Guptill who has been ignored.

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Martin Guptill
Martin Guptill. Credits: Twitter

Scenario for India to be No.1 ODI Side

India currently is at the No.3 position in ODI Rankings with 113 ratings. India, New Zealand & England all are tied on 113 ratings. India would require a win in 3rd ODI to become the No.1 Team in ODI Rankings. There are chances that Mohammed Shami & Mohammed Siraj would be rested in order to manage their workload ahead of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2023.

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India National Cricket Team. Pic Credits: Twitter.

Steep Road Ahead for New Zealand

The New Zealand batters aren’t able to rotate the strike on a consistent basis which is putting them in a spot of bother where they are allowing the bowlers to settle in. Skipper Tom Latham needs to lead the team from the front as he is the most experienced player in the line-up.

Tom Latham
Tom Latham (Getty Images)

Skipper Rohit Sharma would be quite pleased with his own performance where the batter smashed a half-century and was looking in sublime touch. The Men in Blue would be well aware of the fact that New Zealand would come well prepared to avoid the white-wash.

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