After another Semi-Final debacle, both India and New Zealand are on their way to put behind some bad days. Both teams are looking for a touch of freshness. India in particular are playing a very young side, which could well be how the team looks as they groom their players for 2024. New Zealand are playing a side similar to what was used in the World Cup, but will be without Trent Boult, who is without a central contract and has commitments with the Big Bash League.
Played- 20 | India – 11 | England – 9 | No Result- 0 | Tie- 0
Date: November 18th 2022
Time: 12:00 PM IST
The Wellington Weather is pretty good for the upcoming game.
New Zealand does not generally provide much swing in white-ball cricket. Batting should be easy with runs on offer, and with small boundaries, chasing is a better option.
Shubman Gill/ Deepak Hooda, Ishan Kishan/ Sanju Samson, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar/ Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammad Siraj
Devon Conway, Finn Allen, Kane Williamson, Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Blair Tickner, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson
Suryakumar Yadav is the only member from the Indian top four in the World Cup to be a part of the New Zealand series. Along with Virat Kohli, he carried the Indian batting line-up, providing the intent and push when needed. He is seen as a player who India need to emulate, given his style and intent. With a young side around him, Suryakumar will a have a huge role to play with his influence, given the tournaments coming up.
Finn Allen is seen as New Zealand’s star for the future. He is one of their most versatile batters and has the license up front to go out and enjoy his time in the middle. His starts are going to be crucial, and with Williamson struggling after his injury, Allen will have a job, helping ease the pressure on Williamson.
New Zealand are near full-strength while India are playing a new side. India though are full of interesting and versatile cricketers. With less pressure on them now, the upcoming game could be seen as an eye opener as India start a new phase in T20 cricket.