Team India skipper Rohit Sharma hailed all-rounder Shardul Thakur for his impactful performance in the Indore ODI against New Zealand on Tuesday, January 24. Thakur was named Player of the Match for his figures of 3/45 and 25 runs as India beat the Kiwis by 90 runs.
In what was a disappointingly one-sided affair, India thumped New Zealand by eight wickets in the second one-dayer at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium in Raipur on Saturday, January 21.
There was an element of surprise when India decided to go in with all-rounder Shardul Thakur ahead of fast bowler Umran Malik in the first one-dayer against New Zealand in Hyderabad. The latter had done pretty well in the recent matches that he had played until he was rested.
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has opened up on Mumbai batter Sarfaraz Khan being repeatedly snubbed by the national selectors despite his prolific form in domestic cricket. There are reports that the 25-year-old’s weight is an issue. However, according to Gavaskar, players should not be selected on the basis of their size, but depending on their form with the bat or bowl. He further quipped that if selectors are looking for slim and trim guys, they must go to a fashion show and pick some models.
Team India opener Shubman Gill scored a terrific 208 off 149 balls in the first ODI against New Zealand in Hyderabad on Wednesday, January 18. Thanks to his exceptional innings, India won the match to take the 1-0 lead in the three-match series. However, it was not before Michael Bracewell gave India a big scare. He matched Gill stroke to stroke during a spectacular 140 off 78 balls. In the end, he was last man out as New Zealand were all out for 337 in response to India’s 349/8, going down by 12 runs.
New Zealand’s stand-in captain Tom Latham has stated that his team will try and make it as tough as possible for Virat Kohli to score freely during the three-match one-day series, which begins on January 18 in Hyderabad.
Indian captain Rohit Sharma has backed Ravichandran Ashwin's suggestion to start the World Cup games early to lessen the impact of the dew factor. He, however, added that he is unsure if the timings could be changed, since the same are decided by the broadcasters.
India beat Sri Lanka by a mammoth 317 runs in the third one-day in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday, January 15 to create a new record for the largest margin of victory by runs in men’s ODIs. Batting first after winning the toss, the Men in Blue posted a gigantic 390/5 on the board in their 50 overs.
Left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav’s case is a unique one in Indian cricket. He might come up with exceptional performances, but might still get dropped for the next match. This has already happened on a couple of occasions, none more prominently than in Bangladesh, where he picked up eight wickets and scored a crucial 40 in the first Test. He was named Player of the Match in what was his Test comeback, but was not picked in the playing XI for the second Test of the series.