- Akash Vaishnav
IND VS NZ: Post the success in India vs Sri Lanka series, the Indian Cricket Team will turn their attention towards New Zealand. Rohit Sharma’s Men in Blue are already ready to face the Kiwis for a clash between the 2 solid Cricket teams.
India vs New Zealand 3-match ODI series will be starting today, i.e., January 18 (Wednesday). Later, post the completion of the ODIs. IND vs NZ T20 series will commence on January 27.
While Rohit Sharma will continue to captain the ODI squad. It will be Hardik Pandya who will remain in charge to lead the team from the front in the T20Is.
Similar changes could be observed in the New Zealand Cricket Team, as well. Kane Williamson has been rested for the upcoming IND vs NZ series. Tom Latham will be the skipper for the ODIs, while Mitchell Santner takes up the captaincy in T20Is.
Meanwhile, after seeing the announced squads of India for the series. It is clear that BCCI are not planning to include the likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Shami, and more.
So, here’s a list of 3 Players who might retire from the T20Is post this series against New Zealand.
‘The Hitman’ has come under the radar in the T20Is, quite often than a note. Especially in the recent past, the question of Sharma’s longevity in the format has been put up by many- fans and critics, alike.
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Rohit Sharma has been unable to replicate his ODIs’ form in the 20-over format. Recently, the T2OI World Cup in Australia and the Asian Cup are prime examples to see how poorly Sharma has performed. Scores of 116 runs and 133 runs, respectively, in the two competitions are the signals that India should think past Rohit Sharma’s explosive hitting in the shortest format of Cricket.
Ravichandran Ashwin is another name in the Indian Cricket Team who might retire after the IND vs NZ series. While the spin bowling has been led by Ashwin for so long. It’s only right to find a new face for the slow bowling department in the T20Is.
Meanwhile, the veteran will still be the man to call upon for the red ball cricket and in contention for the ODI World Cup later this year. But the T20 Internationals. Ashwin has picked up 75 wickets in just 65 T20Is.
The veteran Indian pacer might consider retiring from the T20 format. As the management is looking to bring in younger pacers. Mohammed Shami was part of the Indian team in the T20 World Cup after being dropped from the Asia Cup the previous year. where he managed to take six wickets.
In total, he has taken 24 wickets in 23 T20Is. Recently, Shami played in the ODI series against Sri Lanka, where he took three wickets in three games, albeit at a high cost. He is part of the ODI squad for the upcoming series against New Zealand, but not the T20I squad.
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