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Match Preview – New Zealand vs India, India in New Zealand 2022/23, 1st ODI

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It’s that time in the cycle of endless cricket when the Over-50s format comes alive again. The T20 World Cup is over, and with the next ODI World Cup less than 12 months away, the three-match series between New Zealand and India that kicks off in Auckland on Friday will mark the start of their build-up to the global event.

New Zealand lost the rain-drenched T20I series 1-0 to India, but they will know that the only difference between the two sides was Suryakumar Yadav. And in ODI cricket, one player is less likely to have such a big impact on a match. Additionally, they can draw inspiration from India’s previous tour to the country, when the visitors won the T20I series 5-0, but New Zealand bounced back to blank them 3-0 in ODIs (and 2-0 in tests).

India has automatically qualified for next year’s ODI World Cup as the host nation. And even though Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah are missing from this series, they still have a quality squad. Shikhar Dhawan is India’s substitute captain again and will open the innings with Shubman Gill – the duo have three century stands in eight ODIs.

Deepak Hooda may be the only batsman in India’s squad who can be trusted as a sixth bowling option, but in Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur, India has plenty of batting depth.

Form guide

New Zealand LLLWW (last five completed ODIs, most recent first)

In the spotlight

Mitchell Santner may not be a wicket taker – he has 86 wickets in 84 ODIs – but he knows how to keep batters quiet. Even in New Zealand’s small area, it has an impressive economic rate of 4.81. If the pace of the two teams’ attacks are equal, Santner’s spin could prove to be the difference.

Shubman Gill did not play during the T20I series, but he has been in excellent form in 50-over cricket this year, scoring 530 runs at an average of 75.71 and a strike rate of 107.50. At least a similar performance in this series will go a long way towards the back-up opener role for next year’s ODI World Cup.

Team news

New Zealand have started with just five bowling options in their recent ODIs, and they could follow the same strategy again. If so, Ish Sodhi and Adam Milne from the side playing the third T20I could be replaced by Latham and Henry. Sodhi is not part of the ODI team while Milne was expensive during the T20I stage. Latham will also take over wicketkeeping duties from Devon Conway.

New Zealand (likely): 1 Finn Allen, 2 Devon Conway, 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Tom Latham (wk), 5 Daryl Mitchell, 6 Glenn Phillips, 7 James Neesham, 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Matt Henry, 11 Lockie Ferguson

With the opening of Dhawan and Gill, Rishabh Pant is likely to return to the middle order. If the team management chooses Hooda – he can also play with the ball – Sanju Samson will have to sit out again after not playing any of the T20Is. Yuzvendra Chahal is the front runner for the wrist spinner spot ahead of Kuldeep Yadav.

India (likely): 1 Shikhar Dhawan (capt), 2 Shubman Gill, 3 Shreyas Iyer, 4 Suryakumar Yadav, 5 Rishabh Pant (wk), 6 Deepak Hooda, 7 Washington Sundar, 8 Deepak Chahar, 9 Shardul Thakur, 10 Arshdeep Singh, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal/Kuldeep Yadav

Location and conditions

Auckland’s Eden Park is also a rugby venue with extremely short straight boundaries, so expect bowlers to go short and wide. The boundaries get even shorter behind the wicket-keeper, so watch out for Suryakumar’s 360-degree stroke play. In terms of economic rate, spinners (4.79) have outperformed fast bowlers (5.03). The weather is expected to be cloudy and windy, with temperatures around 18°C. No rain is forecast at this time.


“The key in such cases is the communication, whether it be from the coach or the captain. When that communication is there, the player has clarity as to why he is not playing because there could be so many reasons behind it. So when that clarity and there is transparency, even if an individual is feeling down, which is very, very natural, he also understands that it is for a greater purpose, for the greater benefit of the team.
India’s substitute captain Shichar Dhawan on Sanju Samson will not stand a chance during the T20I series

“It’s hard but you feel like it’s going to settle somewhere and I don’t know how and I don’t know what it’s going to look like. But there’s a huge amount of cricket and a lot of teams have almost two teams.” at the moment i play international cricket. I know there are always talks to make it more attractive, basically any format, context, different rule changes etc. So we’ll just see. “
Can Williamson about the future of ODIs and whether the format is losing its appeal.

Hemant Brar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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