NZ vs IND: Team India’s captain Rohit Sharma was rested for the tour of New Zealand of late. As a result, the BCCI made Hardik Pandya as the acting captain for the T20I series.
On the other hand, Shikhar Dhawan will lead the team for the ODI series. The three-match T20I series came to a close on November 22, with the series ended in India’s favour.
The first game was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain. On the other hand, the second game totally went in favour of the Indians as they won the game by 65 runs.
With that win, India drew first blood in the series. Talking about the series decider, the match ended in a tie as rain interrupted the passage of play.
At that time, the game was evenly poised as India’s score was level on par score as per DLS method. As a result, the game ended in a tie, meaning that India won the series.
After the game, questions were raised on why the team management didn’t go with Sanju Samson and Umran Malik for the third game.
NZ vs IND: Hardik Pandya Gives A Bold Response When Asked About Sanju Samson And Umran Malik Warming The Bench
Rishabh Pant was given the opportunity to feature in both the T20Is ahead of Sanju Samson. However, he failed to deliver the goods as an opener. Umran Malik was also warming the bench as well.
When asked about the same, Hardik Pandya said, “First things first, who is saying what outside, doesn’t really affect us at this level. This is my team and I’ll pick the best side after discussing with the coach.
“There is ample of time. Everyone will get their chances and when they do, it will be a long run. This was a small series, if we had more matches then we could have tried out more players,” India’s stand-in captain Hardik Pandya said at the post-match press conference after the third T20I.
Now that the T20I series came to a close, Team India will be looking forward to the three-match ODI series, which will start after a couple of days.
Shikhar Dhawan will lead the team from the vanguard for the ODI series. The first ODI between India and New Zealand will kick off at Eden Park, Auckland on November 25.
The second ODI will kick off on November 27, Sunday. The game will kick off at Seddon Park, Hamilton. The third and final ODI will kick off on November 30, Wednesday at Hagley Oval, Christchurch.