India vs New Zealand: 3 Changes India can make for IND vs NZ 3rd ODI
Updated on: Jan 22, 2023 7:55 pm IST
Indian Cricket Team defeated New Zealand in the three-match series. They have defeated the No.1 ODI team in the first two games and now it’ll be an opportunity for them to whitewash the Black Caps and claim the No.1 spot in the ranking.
India vs New Zealand: 3 Changes India can make for IND vs NZ 1st ODI
The second ODI between India and New Zealand was a perfect game for the hosts as they batted and bowled staggering well. The upcoming third game will be an opportunity for them to give chance to a few players and rest the core players to keep them fresh for further assignments. Let’s take a look at 3 Changes India can make for IND vs NZ 3rd ODI:
1. Yuzvendra Chahal in place of Shardul Thakur
With India winning the series, it’ll be an opportunity for India to try the duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal in the playing XI together. The leg-spinner could be in line to replace Shardul Thakur for the last game. Although Thakur played a part in both games, he wasn’t at his best and therefore team can look to swap him. With Hardik Pandya in the team, they can have the luxury to play two wrist spinners as well. Both Chahal and Kuldeep have done reasonably well when they played together and the second game against New Zealand could well be another chance of seeing them bowling in tandem.
2. Umran Malik in place of Mohammad Shami
Mohammad Shami played the main instrumental role in India’s victory in the second game. He looked out of sorts in the first game but made a staggering comeback in the second game. With him playing 6 consecutive games, the team might look to rest him. Also With him likely to bowl tough overs in Border-Gavaskar Trophy, India can look to rest him and play Umran Malik in the third game against Black Caps as he has been bowling really well and was the second-highest wicket-taker in the series against Sri Lanka. With him being a genuine fast bowler, he can be handy for the team going forward.
3. Shahbaz Ahmed in place of Washington Sundar
Shahbaz Ahmed could well be in line for the third game. The all-rounder was named in the side as a replacement for Axar Patel, who was rested for the series. He could replace Washington Sundar in the team. The Tamil Nadu all-rounder has been under-utilised by the team and hasn’t quite been effective. Therefore the team can look to replace him with Ahmed and give him an opportunity. Shahbaz has been in decent form in domestic form. In three ODIs so far he has picked 3 wickets.