Sun. Dec 4th, 2022
WELLINGTON: Not learning from their mistakes, India will aim to abandon its archaic style of play forever with the help of a “young and fearless” group in its three-game T20I series against New Zealand starting Friday.
After the World Cup debacle in the UAE last year, India took an aggressive hitting approach, but when the next pressure knocked on the door, the top ranks were found reluctant and failed to take the offensive into the opposition.

India found themselves running in circles as the wait for its first ICC trophy in nine years dragged on.
Two years into the next T20 global event, India will have ample time to identify and prepare players for the all-cost offensive approach showcased by the UK.
Hardik Pandya, who will be able to lead the team at the next T20 show, will captain the team in the absence of Rohit Sharma.
Reserve head coach VVS Laxman stated that management will only be willing to add T20 specialists to meet the requirements of modern play. While the focus has shifted to ODIs ahead of next year’s World Cup, India wants to host most of their T20 games here, with nine more games they played before the 50+ mega-events.
While Virat Kohli is a touch sublime in Down Under, the lack of “intention” in Rohit and KL Rahul’s power play has been heavily criticized. There is a strong possibility that all three will not play the shortest format until the 2024 edition, so India needs to plan for the future.

Ishan Kishan and Shubman Gill will likely be the opening players for the first match here, but management could also Rishabh Pants another opportunity at the top of the order.
Even though India is battling a second-place team in New Zealand, the roster members still have a fair amount of international experience.
Highlighting his achievements at the U-19 World Cup held in New Zealand four years ago, Gill will be hoping to make his T20 debut here.
Kishan has been regularly top-rated over the past 12 months and this series offers him a good opportunity to put up a strong defense for the team’s preferred opening player.

Sanju Samson was given another chance and was desperate to take advantage of it. The series also marks the return of Washington Sundar following injury issues and is expected to deliver on both the bat and the ball.
One of the main reasons for India’s T20 problems was that they couldn’t get the middle wicket with finger spinners. New Zealand games could reunite Kuldeep Yadav’s wrist-twirling duo and Yuzvendra ChahalHis removal from the World Cup XI surprised many.
India also needs a fast paced shooter alongside Jasprit Bumrah and on that front Umran Malik seems to be their best bet. He hasn’t had the best times in his first round in Ireland and England and will be looking for more accuracy without sacrificing his raw pace.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Arshdeep Singh are expected to share the new ball, as they did in Australia. Harshal Patel and Mohammad Siraj, who warmed up the bench in the World Cup, were also able to take a game throughout the series.

New Zealand, on the other hand, will play a side with almost full strength, led by Kane Willamson. Like India, they would be smarter than another loss in a World Cup qualifier and try to come back strong.
Black Caps will also try fast pitchers in the absence of Trent Boult, who is unlikely to play all matches after exiting a central contract. Opener Martin Guptill also missed out with Finn Allen joining Devon Conway at the top.
Williamson’s strike rate was also questioned during the ICC event, and he would be aiming to return to his free-flowing best.

Squads:
New Zeland: Kane Williamson (c), Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway (week), Lockie Ferguson, Daryl Mitchell, Adam Milne, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner
India: Hardik Pandya (c), Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas IyerSanju Samson, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Harshal Patel, Mohammed SirajBhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik