IND vs NZ: What’s IND’s next move?

Will captain Pandya try out the young Prithvi Shaw in Wednesday's series-deciding third and final T20 International against NZ?

  • Sinchan Saha | January 31, 2023 | 3:10 pm

In the series-deciding third T20 International against New Zealand on Wednesday at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, India’s young top order will be under pressure to perform.

In the absence of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and K L Rahul, Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, and Rahul Tripathi have not made the most of their chances.

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India will not play a T20I for a long time after Wednesday’s game, giving the younger players a chance to make a statement before the focus shifts to Test cricket, with the four-Test series against Australia coming up next month.

Since his double century in Bangladesh, Kishan has struggled to find a rhythm in his batting, and Gill has struggled to replicate his ODI form in the shorter format due to the turning ball. In the absence of regular number three Kohli, Tripathi has also squandered opportunities.

India would have struggled to reach 100 in Lucknow on Sunday if it weren’t for Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya

The series’ surfaces have received a lot of attention, and it is unknown if the players will be able to navigate a second turning track at the Narendra Modi Stadium.

Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav’s collaboration in the bowling department has helped India exert more pressure on the opposition. It was surprising that Chahal was only used for two overs after he struck out opener Finn Allen because the pitch had a lot of turn.

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Arshdeep Singh was back to his frugal best in Lucknow after struggling with no-balls, which should give him a lot of confidence going into the decider.

Despite the desire to include Prithvi Shaw, who made a national comeback with this series, Pandya is unlikely to alter the playing eleven with the series on the line.

On the other hand, New Zealand will have higher expectations for their middle order. recognizing a chance to win an uncommon series in India. For the challenge, the Blackcaps will be extremely motivated.

Glenn Phillips hasn’t been as destructive lately, but you can count on him to play a knock that will win the match on Wednesday. Michael Bracewell, a sensation in the ODI series, is also due for a game-altering injury. Mark Chapman, number three, will also try to make a big difference.

In the previous match, New Zealand utilized as many as eight different bowling options, with four spinners completing their allotted number of overs.

After the low-scoring match in Lucknow, fans would hope that normal service is resumed, as the most recent Twenty20 game played at this location nearly two years ago saw over 200 runs scored.


India: Hardik Pandya (captain), Suryakumar Yadav (vice-captain), Ishan Kishan (w/k), Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Jitesh Sharma (w/k), Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik, Shivam Mavi, Mukesh Kumar.

New Zealand: Mitchell Santner (captain), Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway (w/k), Dane Cleaver (w/k), Jacob Duffy, Lockie Ferguson, Benjamin Lister, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips (wk), Michael Rippon, Henry Shipley, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner.