India’s fresh body of selection committee on Tuesday in its sitting got its hands on finalizing the India’s playing Squad of best fifteen that are to be put in front of the Kiwis in the upcoming 5 match ODI series later in October.
Men Out: They key decisions of the selection panel comprise of not providing a spot to Yuvraj Singh in the squad and resting Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammad Shami and Ravindra Jadeja who have been spectacular in the first two test matches. Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are also being given break due to their sustaining of injuries during the ongoing test series.
Men In: As understood, India’s ODI skipper MS Dhoni is back to take the charge with two new faces on his side – Jayant Yadav and Hardik Pandya.
Mandeep Singh, Dhawal Kulkarni, Kedar Jadhav and Jayant Yadav who have been consistent performances in the domestic cricket are supposedly to feature the India’s bench strength.
India’s 15 Man Squad:
MS Dhoni(Capt), Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey, Suresh Raina, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Jasprit Bumrah, Dhawal Kulkarni, Umesh Yadav, Mandeep Singh, Kedar Jadhav.
Spin Bowling Attack: As stated, R. Ashvin and Jadeja will be away from the ground, the charge of spin bowling will be in the hands of Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav and Amit Mishra.
Fast Bowling Attack: Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav and Dhawal Kulkarni will lead pace bowling for India.
India’s Opening: Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane have been a successful pair and they are likely to open up the Indian innings.
Middle Order: Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey, Suresh Raina and skipper MS Dhoni will bolster the India’s middle order.
Game Plan: In the playing XI, India will certainly introduce two spinners into its bowling attack, who are most likely to be Amit Mishra and Axar Patel. However Jayant Yadav, the uncapped allrounder from Haryana will also be a great go to option for India.
The Stats: Last time India played New Zealand at home in 2010 when they whitewashed the guest 5-0.
India is currently ranked fourth in the ICC ODI rankings 3 points behind New Zealand which is at the third spot. In case of a clean sweep, India could gain five points and leave New Zealand as well as South Africa behind to become the number 2 team in the ODIs. The last time New Zealand played ODIs in India, they were whitewashed 5-0 in 2010.