Big picture: Here comes India’s bogey team
Ask any ardent Indian fan who their second favorite cricket team is, and New Zealand will be a common answer. Ask the same group of fans which team scares them the most when it comes to ICC events: New Zealand will once again be the unanimous answer. Why are you asking.
Perhaps it is the last memories here that have shocked most Indian fans. And as much as India might want to deny it, New Zealand have been a shaky team over the years. There are numbers to support this. In all ICC events since 1992 (considering only the finals of the WTC 2019-21 and 2021-23 cycles), India have beaten New Zealand only once in nine attempts.
This is the reason why this will not happen when these two teams clash in Dharamshala on Sunday. just another Group Stage Game: This will also include a little history. Also the fact that at the end of the conflict, one team will not remain undefeated in the competition.
Both New Zealand and India have been clinical in their approach and come into the game having won four out of four games. Who continued his winning streak? The answer may depend on how the fast bowlers perform.
The Dharamshala Stadium is as much about the altitude as it is about the stunning snow-clad mountains of the Dhauladhar mountain range in the background. And with that height comes faster guys. Of all the venues that have hosted more than one game so far in the World Cup, Dharamshala – along with Lucknow – has offered the fast bowlers the most swing in the first ten overs of each innings.
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Team News: Who replaced Pandya?
Pandya has been ruled out of the Dharamsala match after suffering a right ankle injury against Bangladesh on Thursday. The million dollar question is who will replace him. Rahul Dravid was not specific about the changes, but he talked about some options that he considered. There is a possibility that India will replace Hardik with Suryakumar Yadav or Ishan Kishan and there will be a fight between Shardul Thakur and Shami for the No. 8 spot.
India (possible): 1 Rohit Sharma (captain), 2 Shubman Gill, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Shreyas Iyer, 5 KL Rahul (wicketkeeper), 6 Ravindra Jadeja, 7 Suryakumar Yadav/Ishan Kishan, 8 Shardul Thakur/Mohammed Shami, 9 Jasprit Bumrah, 10 Kuldeep Yadav, 11 Mohammad Siraj
With New Zealand’s attack firing, Southee may have to spend some more time in the shed. Kane Williamson is still out with a thumb injury, so it is unlikely that New Zealand will make any changes to the team.
New Zealand (probable): 1 Devon Conway, 2 Will Young, 3 Rachin Ravindra, 4 Tom Latham (captain & wk), 5 Daryl Mitchell, 6 Glenn Phillips, 7 Mark Chapman, 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Matt Henry, 10 Lockie Ferguson, 11 Trent Boult bolt
Pitch and conditions: beware of fast players
The surface looked very green on the eve of the game but much of that grass is likely to be removed before kick-off. Still, there is hope for pace and carry for the fast bowlers. It was bright and sunny on the eve of the match, but Sunday is expected to remain cloudy and cool with temperatures expected to hover around 18 degrees on the Celsius scale at the start of the game.
Stats and Trivia: All eyes on Gill
- In each of the seven ODI matches played in Dharamsala, the captain who won the toss has elected to bowl.
- Shubman Gill needs 14 runs to touch the 2000 mark in ODIs. If he gets there tomorrow in his 38th innings, he will be Fastest 2000 runs in ODI cricket. Broke the record of Hashim Amla (40).
- Rohit became the victim of Bolt Four times in 13 ODI innings And the average against them is just 22.25.
- Tom Latham has five half-centuries and two centuries in 20 ODI innings against India.
“It’s good for Ishan (Kishan) to play well despite being a left-handed batsman. But Surya (Suryakumar Yadav) also came into some form against Australia. He played some brilliant innings. Absolutely brilliant player against spin – left-arm spin. , right-arm spin, any kind of spin for that matter. And the role could probably be for a middle overs role. We are very clear about what kind of roles we want to play. If we want someone like that Looking for someone who looks like being somewhat of an enabler for us in the lower-middle order, and Surya is definitely someone who can do that. If we are looking for someone in the upper order, So we can go with Ishaan.
coach of india Rahul Dravid
“India’s top order has been fantastic in this tournament and then, our bowling attack has also done a very good job early on. It is going to be a great contest with bat and ball and obviously the Indian fast bowlers and our top order “It’ll be the opposite. Obviously, you look at the match-ups against both sides throughout the game and there are some very good match-ups.”
new zealand captain Tom Latham
Ashish Pant is sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo