The second ODI between India and New Zealand will be played in Hamilton.
One weakness is causing constant trouble for Team India
All three fast bowlers proved to be very expensive in Auckland ODI
New Delhi. The second match of the three ODI series between India and New Zealand will be played in Hamilton on 27 November. Team India has lagged behind in the series after losing the first ODI in Auckland. If the second ODI is lost then the series will slip out of hand and India will lose the sixth ODI in a row against New Zealand. Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill batted brilliantly in the last ODI in the absence of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul. At the same time, Shreyas Iyer also played a good inning in the middle order. But, the bowling did not go well and Team India could not even defend the target of 306 runs. This was not the first time that India had to lose the match despite scoring a good score due to poor bowling.
In the first ODI against New Zealand, once again the old weakness overshadowed Team India. Team India played with only five bowlers in Auckland ODI. Not a single one of the top-6 batsmen who played in this ODI bowled. India landed with five bowlers and except Washington Sundar, the other four bowlers proved to be expensive. Hardik Pandya, Akshar Patel and Ravindra Jadeja are not playing in this series. In such a situation, India did not have the option of sixth bowler in this match.
In such a situation, despite proving costly in the initial overs, captain Shikhar Dhawan had no option but to bowl with Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh and Shardul Thakur. That is, the team had to bear the brunt of not having a sixth bowler. Not only bowling, but its effect was also seen in batting. Due to the absence of Pandya, Jadeja in the lower order, India were able to score 306 runs in the first ODI against New Zealand despite a good start.
India lacked a sixth bowler in Auckland
Now India will have to find a solution to this weakness before Hamilton ODI and for the time being, only Deepak Hooda can solve this problem of India. Team India can give him a chance in the playing-XI in Hamilton ODI. Deepak played an important role with the ball in India’s victory in the second T20 against New Zealand. He took 4 wickets while bowling 2.5 overs in the match. He also bowled one over in the third T20 which was tied due to rain and conceded only 3 runs in it.
Deepak Hooda can be an option
In such a situation, if any one bowler has a bad day, as happened in the last ODI, then the captain can bowl with Hooda as an alternative to the sixth bowler. However, in that case, India will have to reduce one batsman and it will not be easy for captain Dhawan and coach VVS Laxman to choose that one batsman.
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All three fast bowlers proved expensive in Auckland
Arshdeep Singh scored 68 runs in 8.1 overs in the first ODI in Auckland. Shardul Thakur bowled even 1 maiden in 9 overs. But, he also gave 63 runs. Yuzvendra Chahal scored 67 runs in 10 overs of his quota and Umran Malik scored 66 runs. In such a situation, if even a single bowler has a bad day in the second ODI, then the old weakness can be heavy on Team India. That’s why the Indian team management will have to go with the sixth bowler in this match.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : November 26, 2022, 19:44 IST