Indian Cricket Team is all set to clash against New Zealand for a 3 Match ODI Series commencing from 18th January 2023 (Tuesday). Skipper Rohit Sharma would be well aware of the fact that New Zealand will possess a steep challenge as compared to Sri Lanka.
This ODI series would be a riveting one as last time in November 2022, New Zealand had won the series by 1-0. The Black Caps don’t have the services of Trent Boult who has opted out of the series to play franchise cricket and the same applies to the all-rounder Jimmy Neesham.
Sunil Gavaskar on Virat Kohli & Rohit Sharma
Sunil Gavaskar was having an interaction with India Today and was asked about Rohit Sharma. “If you watched Shreyas Iyer, Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma bat, they take a lot of risk. They always try to hit a six. Virat Kohli plays along-the-ground shots till he reaches hundred. After that he goes for the lofted shots. When Rohit Sharma gets out, he does it while trying for hit a six,” said Sunil Gavaskar.
“Despite playing risk-free shots, Kohli’s scoring rate is more than run a ball, which is a good thing. It is not necessary that you only go for six in limited-overs cricket. The difference between four and six is just two runs but the risk percentage is 90,” he added.
Great Chance for India
Head Coach Rahul Dravid & Skipper Rohit Sharma make some tactical changes heading into the 1st ODI as Umran Malik has proved to be a bit expensive. There are chances that Shardul Thakur may get a game as he has the knack of picking up wickets for the team at crucial junctions of the match.
New Zealand would be banking on the duo of Tom Latham & Kane Williamson as both have a pretty decent record against India. Glenn Phillips can prove to be the ‘X’ factor for the team as he can provide some lusty blows at the back end of the innings and at the same time, make an impact with the ball in hand.