The absence of a batter who can bowl is hurting India again and again.
India’s lack of an extra bowling option is another major factor why Virat Kohli (in 2021) and Rohit Sharma (in 2022) looked clueless during the partnerships of Babar-Rizwan and Buttler-Hales.
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 26, 2022
Ahead of the series opener in Wellington, stand-in coach VVS Laxman said multi-dimensional players are the need of the hour in T20 cricket. “We need bowlers who can bat and batters who can bowl.”
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 26, 2022
Deepak Hooda for Rishabh Pant
Deepak Hooda is the only batter in India’s squad who can bowl. And with Rishabh Pant finding it difficult to get going, India gives him a break and rope in Hooda in the middle order, who can also chip in with few overs.
Deepak Chahar for Arshdeep Singh
India might give left-arm seamer Arshdeep Singh a rest in the second ODI. Arshdeep has been playing consistently in recent months. On his ODI debut, the youngster from Punjab looked rusty. The inclusion of Chahar will give India more depth in the batting as well.
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 25, 2022
Yuzvendra Chahal for Kuldeep Yadav
Call it a lack of game-timing but Yuzvendra Chahal, too, was looking rusty in the opening ODI. He gave away too many freebies and against Latham, he looked completely clueless. He might be replaced by Kuldeep Yadav in the playing XI.
India vs New Zealand 2nd ODI Match Details: India vs New Zealand, 2nd ODI will be played at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday.
New Zealand Predicted XI: Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson (C), Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (wk), Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Matt Henry, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson
India vs New Zealand squads
India: Shikhar Dhawan (captain), Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Deepak Hooda, Shahbaz Ahmed, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Deepak Chahar, Arshdeep Singh, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Sen, Umran Malik.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Finn Allen, Devin Conway, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Michael Bracewell, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Adam Milne, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson.